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on Your Desktop 

'Laptop on a Chip" designs 

Understanding X.400 

'Real" Relational Databases 
vs. the Pretenders 

Sony NeWS vs. MIPS Magnum 
Tl's New TravelMate 3000 
Norton Utilities for Unix, Mac 
DR DOS 5.0 
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• Intel 80386SX microprocessor running 

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20 MR hard drive configurations also 


16 MHz 386SX. 

• Intel 80386SX microprocessor ninning 

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20 MR, 1 MR RAM* $2,999 

40 MR hard drive configurations also 

The Dell System 433TE and 425TE ore class A devices sold for use in commercial environments only. •PetfomTonce Enhoncemenh: Wiihin iho first megabyte of memory, 126 K8 (316SX.320LT, 316LTand 210), 96 KB (333D and 325D) or 384 KB (320LX. 425E. 433E. 425TE 
and 433TE) of memory Is reserved for use by the system ta enhonte peifonnonce. Con be optionally disabled on 333D, 325D, 316SXond 210. AD systems ore photographed with optional e/tros All prices and spec ificotions ore subject toe ho nge wiihou: notice Dell cannot be lespansibe for 
errors m typography or photography tSource. From Compaq September 11, 1990 press ieleose ttSource; From Compaq July 23, 19W press release. ' "Payment based on36-monlh open end lease leosmg arranged by Leasing Group. InC In Canada, configurations ond prices may 
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December 1990 
Volume 15, Number 13 



Advanced Graphics 

PAGE 250 

From wire-frame models 

to photo-realism: 

Advanced graphics put 


graphics on your desktop. 









Near-ultrasonic noise produced 

by some computer monitors 

can have negative effects on end users. 


HP launches the latest LaserJet, 
the Mac II gets a 386 processor, 
AutoCAD goes to release 1 1 , and more. 



Step 486/50, a technological 
showpiece from Ever ex and Velox 

Muse, Occam 's natural-language 
interface program 

Proline Backup System, Tecmar's 
tape backup solution for a NetWare LAN 

Amiga 3000UX, a Unix graphics 
workstation from Commodore 

Hardcard IIXL, Plus Development 
provides easy storage 


Sun Microsystems ups the midrange 
workstation ante. 

CompuAdd Delivers a Low-Cost 

The SSI is a faithful clone. 

SolbourneS4000 Outguns 
SPARCstation 1 + 

The S4000 uses Solbourne's own 
integrated, 64-bit CPU. 

151 Suddenly, Everything's Smaller 
in Texas 

TI's 5.7-pound 386SX notebook. 


156 When Laser Printers Can't Cut It 

A look at 27 alternatives 
to the popular laser printer. 

172 Sony NeWS and MIPS Magnum: 
A Double Shot of RISC 
Two RISC workstations join 
the low-end Unix market. 

178 The Norton Utilities for System V 

179 The Norton Utilities for the Mac 

More than just warmed-over versions 
of the Norton Utilities for DOS. 

182 CAD and NetWare 386 Join Forces 

IsiCAD's CAD Vance 4.0 makes good 
on the promise of multiuser 
CAD applications. 

191 NCR's S486/MC33 Has Unique 
Approach to Reliability 
NCR's new 33-MHz 486 Micro Channel 
system is among the fastest. 

197 DR DOS Offers Hope 
for the RAM-Crammed 

Digital Research's new MS-DOS 
competitor promises to make more 
memory available for applications. 

201 On Becoming a Clock Wise Scheduler 

Phase II Software's Clockwise 
helps manage your time. 

206 Battle for the Best Unix V/386 

New releases from Interactive Systems 
and The Santa Cruz Operation. 

209 Microsoft Word Brings PC-Style 
Word Processing to Unix 

Unix word processing takes 
a turn for the better. 

213 Plug-and-Play Unix Machine 

Dell's Intel-based Unix workstation. 

221 LAN Manager 2.0: A Force 
to Be Reckoned With 

Microsoft's network flagship proves 
it is a viable alternative to NetWare. 

229 A Digital "Quill" 

for Mac Video Displays 

Data Translation's VideoQuill 
combines text, graphics, and video. 

233 Unix and 1-2-3 

Now you can run Lotus 1-2-3 
under Unix. 

237 A "More Filling" Generation 
of Tape Backup 

Tape drives from Colorado Memory 
Systems and Core International. 

246 Reviewer's Notebook 

Dolch adds a color screen to an 
impressive luggable, and Ashton-Tate 
addresses dBASE IV problems. 



253 Graphics Go 3-D 

Creating photo-realistic 

3-D images is a real challenge. 

263 Ray Tracing for Realism 

Simulating light rays in a 3-D scene. 



begins after page 72 

Portable Chips/312 

275 Color WYSIWYG Comes of Age 

Matching the colors you see on-screen 
with your printed output. 

281 True Color for Windows 

Windows 3.0 makes 24-bit color 
a realistic option. 

289 Putting the Squeeze on Graphics 

Compression technologies for full- 
color graphics and full-motion video. 

297 HDTV Sparks a Digital Revolution 

In the 1990s, the shift will be to 
high-definition and digital pictures. 

307 Graphics Engines 

A manufacturers roundup. 


312 Portable Chips 

When it comes to chips, small 
can mean powerful. 

321 Relational Databases: The Real Story 

Is that a relational database 
manager or not? 

327 Concurrent C 

An AT&T language for programming 
multiprocessor systems. 

337 Strength (and Safety) in Numbers 

RAID systems may boost PC 
performance and reliability. 

341 X.400: Standardizing E-Mail 

E-mail is ready to live up 
to its promise. 

345 Alternative Operating 
Systems, Part 5: 
Unix with a Microscope 

Minix, a low-cost Unix, runs 
on ordinary personal computers. 

349 Easier Strings for the Mac 

C++ routines simplify 
Macintosh string-handling. 


VGA to the Max 

A new set of extensions breathes 
life into Super VGA hardware. 

More Than Just Fast 

A look at programming SCSI devices 
on Macs and MS-DOS machines. 



Our Print Queue columnist 
has a long history with BYTE 
and computers. 




A Laptop on a Chip . 


Letters, Ask BYTE, and Fixes 

BYTE readers join in the 15th 
anniversary commemoration. 




A Fairy-Tale Future 

High-tech prophet Raymond Kurzweil's 
latest work is a masterful look 
at the present and future 
of intelligent machines. 


A Plea for Software That Works 

It's time developers started 
concentrating on software integrity. 


406 Editorial Index by Company 
408 A lphabetical Index to Advertisers 
410 Index to Advertisers 
by Product Category 
Inquiry Reply Cards: after 412 


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Working Smart 

by Jerry Pournelle 

Jerry looks at portable computers 

and an outlining program. 



Getting Bigger Groupware 

by Wayne Rash Jr. 
With groupware, you can 
communicate with almost 
anyone, almost anywhere. 




I've Got DIBs 

by Martin Heller 

Martin presents an overview 

of Windows and OS/2 color 



Inspiration at the Year's End 

by Don Crabb 

A look at what Apple has 

accomplished over the year, and 

an inspirational new product. 


THE UNIX /bin 

Back to the Workstations II 

by David Fiedler 

Unix workstations and personal 

computers completely merge. 



Kicking and Screaming 

into the Present 

by Mark L. Van Name 

and Bill Catchings 

DEC slowly embraces PC 

networking standards. 

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Hugh Knows Books 
(and Computers) 

Our Print Queue author 
has a distinguished career 
outside the computer world 

BYTE readers know Print Queue 
columnist Hugh Kenner as our 
thought-provoking reviewer of 
books. But some of you may 
also know him as a noted literary critic 
and James Joyce scholar. His interest in 
computers dates back to 1973 and was 
sparked by a long-standing interest in 

"I got one of the very first HP-35 
units, having written a book about Bucky 
Fuller and being interested in the math 
behind his geodesic domes. The HP-35 
was followed by the programmable HP- 
65, then by the HP-41C. By the late 
1970s, I was well into programming; my 
book Geodesic Math [University of Cali- 
fornia Press, 1976] exhibits examples," 
says Kenner. 

In fact, Kenner had to choose between 
mathematics and physics or English lan- 
guage and literature when he started at 
the University of Toronto in 1941. "I 
have never regretted the latter decision— 
I'd have been a merely competent math- 
ematician, but I'm better than that at 
what I elected instead— but the former 
has always stayed available," Kenner 

Built His First PC 

A charter BYTE subscriber, Kenner did 
not immediately jump onto the personal 
computer bandwagon. "The HP [calcu- 
lator] I could hold in my hand could do as 
much [as the early personal computers] 
more simply. I got interested, though, 
about the time disk drives were an- 
nounced. What I wanted was a way to re- 
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"A longtime Heathkit builder, I got an 
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needlepoint.) When the 16-bit Z-100 was 
announced, someone at Brady Books 
thought to ask me to write a user 's guide. 
The Z-100 has since been joined by a Ze- 
nith Super sPort and a Kay pro 386. All 
four machines are still in use." 

First BYTE Article a Travesty 

Kenner' s first BYTE article was a collab- 
orative effort with computer scientist Jo- 
seph O'Rourke— a language statistics 
program called Travesty. "It drew as 
much reader response as any program 
BYTE had ever run," he recalls. That led 
to Kenner writing reviews of computer 
books, which led to Print Queue. 

Although Print Queue resides in the 
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each month than any other column, ex- 
cept for Jerry Pournelle's Computing at 
Chaos Manor. Pro or con, Kenner makes 
his readers think and respond. ■ 




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As the people responsible for 
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EDITORIAL ■ Fred Langa 

A Laptop on 
a Chip . . . Almost 

When they're not 
duking it out in the 
courtroom, companies 
like AMD and Intel 
are redefining 
laptop technology 

Last month, I wrote about the cur- 
rent crop of laptops— and they 
are indeed spectacular. But the 
game's not over yet, by a long 
shot. The best of current technology of- 
fers you a full spectrum of choices, from 
i486-based lunchbox luggables, to 386- 
based portables and notebooks, to fabu- 
lously lightweight and fast 286 note- 
books, to tiny hand-held 8086-based 

Soon, very soon, you can expect hand- 
held 286 machines— an AT in the palm of 
your hand— and a plethora of 386-based 

The Hand-Helds 

In October, AMD (Austin, TX) an- 
nounced its "AT on a chip," a single chip 
that contains an AMD 286 microproces- 
sor and all the ancillary chips required to 
build a basic IBM AT. More accurately 
described as "most of an AT on a chip," 
the 286ZX and its low-power sibling, the 
286LX, need only a DRAM chip, a key- 
board controller, and a system bus to 
make a working computer. (This con- 
trasts with the 10 to 100+ chips some 
other designs use.) 

The286ZX chip is designed for desk- 
top machines, and the 286LX is designed 
for laptop and notebook computers. The 
286LX adds some battery-saving fea- 
tures to improve laptop performance, 
such as a CPU shutdown mode that turns 
off the 80C286 section of the chip. A 
standby mode shuts down all system 

clocks except those that are needed for 
DRAM refreshing. It barely sips power, 
which should stretch out battery life to 
the max. 

This compacting of elements reduces 
many of the engineering headaches that 
arise when cramming a 286-based VGA 
computer into a notebook form factor, so 
you can expect to see many more of these 
laptops and notebooks on the market. 
That, in turn, should help keep prices 

It also augurs well for 286-based 
hand-helds. Now that's a machine I want 
to use— a full-blown go-anywhere AT 
that fits in a pocket. Don't laugh; they're 
being developed right now. 

The Notebooks 

Longtime readers may recall that I'm no 
big fan of the 386SX for desktop com- 
puters because it has a narrow bus that 
needlessly cripples I/O. {Needless is the 
key word. The SX was not designed to 
fill a consumer need, but purely for mar- 
keting reasons. By promoting the SX, 
which it alone manufactured, Intel hoped 
to kill off the perfectly adequate 286, 
which other companies— such as AMD, 
Harris, and Fujitsu— also sold.) 

In portables, bus width isn't much of 
an issue. For one thing, you tend not to 
stuff a portable full of plug-in cards. For 
another, now that there's a reasonable 
body of 386-specific software, a por- 
table SX gives you increased compatibil- 
ity with your desktop system's software, 
albeit with the performance hit of the 
SX's CPU-to-memory bottleneck. 

SX chips have been used in laptops for 
quite a while, and they are starting to 
show up in notebook computers in some 

From SX to SL 

Enter the 386SL. Intel describes it as a 
"386 processor expressly designed for 
the emerging notebook-size personal 
computer market . " 

The 386SL is a 20-MHz 386 core com- 

bined with a main-memory subsystem 
controller with a 32-megabyte address 
space, an EMS 4.0 memory controller, 
an AT/Industry Standard Architecture 
bus controller, a cache controller, and 
support for the 80387SX math copro- 
cessor. A companion chip, the 82360SL 
ISA peripheral and power management 
chip, supports CPU, memory, and pe- 
ripheral functions, as well as providing 
programmable features to manage power 
to prolong battery life. 

Intel also provides a family of low- 
power support logic chips for modems, 
keyboards, memory, network adapters, 
and the like. Intel is setting itself up as 
a virtual one-stop source for laptop sil- 

We can't meaningfully test these new 
chips until they're installed in a real-life 
system, but Intel believes that the com- 
pact, highly integrated 386SL is about 20 
percent faster than an ordinary 20-MHz 
386SX. This means that the SL line can 
deliver "true" 386 performance levels 
even in low-power, compact systems. 
The SL may be the chip the SX should 
have been all along. 

How compact will SL systems be? The 
SL chips themselves come in several con- 
figurations, the smallest being an amaz- 
ingly dense 227-lead land grid array. The 
two main chips contain a total of 1 . 1 mil- 
lion transistors, and they are fabricated 
using 1 -micron technology. Intel says 
that a complete 386 AT can be built on a 
board measuring just 4 by 6 inches (about 
10 by 15 centimeters). Incidentally, 
that's about the size of a Sharp 
Wizard. . . . 

West Coast news editor Owen Linder- 
holm has been following these develop- 
ments all along. His report on the AMD 
ZX and LX chips appeared in October's 
Microbytes, and his excellent feature on 
what's new in laptop chip sets appears in 
this issue on page 3 12. Check it out. 

— Fred Langa 

Editor in Chief 

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Monitor Noise Causes Stress, Researchers Say 

The near-ultrasonic noise produced 
by some computer monitors and 
VDTs can actually lower worker 
efficiency and might even cause health 
problems in women who use them, 
according to a new study. Researchers 
Caroline Dow and Douglas Covert, 
professors at the University of 
Evansville (Indiana), say they found 
that a 1 6-kHz pure-tone sound caused 
significant amounts of stress in the 
college-age women participating in the 
study. They say this tone is similar to 
sounds made by most of the commonly 
used computer monitors. 

"In these experiments we have made 
the link between stress and a specific 
attribute of the VDT," Dow says. In 
their controlled experiments, Dow and 
Covert demonstrated that the 16-kHz 
tone, which is at the top of the range of 
most human hearing, can cause a 
significant reduction in a worker's 
accuracy of intellectual performance 
and also spur short-term increases in 
speed. The two researchers say that 
lowered productivity and a brief 
increase in the speed of work are 
symptoms of high stress. 

Women appear most susceptible to 
the problem because they tend to hear 
better than men in higher-frequency 
ranges. As a result, the professors say, 
women can be aware of the tone while 
men aren't. Dow and Covert also say 
that women are especially affected by 
the sound at the peaks of their estrogen 
levels. High estrogen levels are typical 
of the first trimester of pregnancy. Even 
whisper-quiet sources of the tone appear 

to cause stress among women, they say. 
Dow says the tone could be a factor in 
some of the cases of gynecological 
problems, including miscarriages, that 
some people have associated with 
computerized workplaces. 

Industrial-environment researchers 
have generally discounted gender in 
considering the effects of the 1 6-kHz 
tone. Some previous studies, however, 
have shown that the sound could cause 
psychological distress in some men and 
a greater number of women when the 
sound was at high-volume levels. 

The two professors offer three sug- 
gestions. Try to use a high-definition 
monitor; they have scanning rates that 
are well above the range of human 
hearing. (Dow won't speculate on 
which resolution is best; the higher, the 
better, she says. She also points out that 
some monitor cases are designed so 
well that they muffle any sounds.) Ear 
plugs offer temporary relief, especially 
ones designed to reduce the intensity of 
high-pitched sounds. Another sugges- 
tion is to install an electronic circuit that 
produces the same 16-kHz pure tone but 
operates 1 80 degrees out of phase; the 
two sounds will cancel each other out. 
The two professors admit that some 
engineers are skeptical about this 
process, and there is no evidence yet 
that not hearing the sound actually 
eliminates the effects. 

Is your monitor stressing you out? 
Dow suggests turning your tube off for 
15 minutes and then seeing if you feel 
more relaxed. 

— David Reed 

New Hardware, Software Squeezing Graphics 

Graphics, especially color images, 
can strain the CPU capacity, bus 
bandwidth, and storage space of most 
personal computers. But new develop- 
ments in data compression will help 
facilitate the use of images on not-that- 
exotic desktop systems. 

C-Cube Microsystems (San Jose, CA) 
is putting its CL550 image processor 
chip, based on the Joint Photographic 
Experts Group (JPEG) compression al- 
gorithm, onto $995 add-in boards for 

Macs and IBM PC compatibles. These 
boards will be able to compress images 
by as much as 75 to 1, the company 
says. The new Compression Master 
boards can squeeze image files to one- 
twenty-fourth their original size with no 
visible loss of quality, C-Cube says. 

A 300-dpi 24-bit color scan of an 8'/2- 
by 1 1-inch page can take 28 MB of disk 
space — which means that it takes only a 
few such scans to fill an 80-MB disk — 
but after being fed through the Com- 


Users apparently pushed the right 
buttons when protesting Apple's 

decision to disable the scripting 
capabilities in the standard Hyper- 
Card 2 package. Apple and Claris, 
now proprietor of the hypertext 
program, announced that the new 
HyperCard would be delivered to 
users in a run-time-only version; in 
other words, you couldn't develop 
your own stacks (programs). Those 
hyperscripting tools were going to 
come in an optional package. After a 
furor on several on-line services, 
including BIX's Macintosh Ex- 
change, the decision was nixed. 
HyperCard product manager Mike 
Holm says now that a full version of 
HyperCard will indeed be bundled 
with new Macs; however, it will not 
enter scripting or programming 
mode without the user making a 
minor change: removing an opaque 
button over the scripting choices on 
the Home stack. Claris plans to have 
a shrink-wrapped HyperCard 2.0 
upgrade available in the near future 
for a retail price of $49.95. 

Microsoft (Redmond, WA) has col- 
lected a set of device drivers for 

printers, displays, pointing devices, 
and other peripherals that work with 
Windows 3.0. The drivers were 
written by hardware developers and 
then certified by Microsoft. The 
Windows Supplemental Driver 
Library includes drivers for HP's 
LaserJet Series II and III printers 
that Microsoft says improve printing 
performance from within Windows. 
This first version of SDL also 
includes printer drivers from AMT, 
Bitstream, Brother, Canon, IBM, 
Kodak, Okidata, Olivetti, Seiko, and 
Star. The "enhanced" display 
drivers, including ones for Super 
VGA systems, come from ATI, 
Chips & Technologies, Compaq, 
Graphic Software Systems, Video 
Seven, and Western Digital. Novell 
has provided a network driver. You 
can order the SDL from Microsoft 
by calling (800) 426-9400; the cost 
is $20. 




Interleaf (Cambridge, MA) says it 
will soon bring to market some 
desktop publishing products that 
implement its "active document" 

technology. Announced last March, 
active documents are electronic 
documents that can "access, evalu- 
ate, and act on information," 
Interleaf says. The first incarnation is 
in the new Interleaf 5 series, a set of 
six programs for specific job 
categories (e.g., writer, engineer, and 
illustrator). Active electronic docu- 
ments can evaluate and act on infor- 
mation they receive. For example, 
Interleaf and Lotus have created an 
"intelligent link" that lets Interleaf 
documents display information from 
Lotus 1-2-3 files as Interleaf auto- 
mated tables or charts. You activate 
the link by copying an icon repre- 
senting the spreadsheet and pasting 
the icon into an Interleaf document. 
Interleaf plans to offer a Lotus 
toolkit for creating intelligent links 
in a spreadsheet. The Interleaf 5 
products for Unix workstations are 
scheduled to begin shipping in 
limited numbers this month. 
Versions for DOS and VMS are 
scheduled to ship next spring; Mac 
versions will ship next summer. 

Motorola (Austin, TX) has pack- 
aged a new version of its 68030 for 
use as an embedded controller. The 
new 68EC030 performs comparably 
to the regular 68030, the heart of 
high-end Macs and workstations, and 
it's object code-compatible with its 
ancestors, the 68000 and the 68020. 
The 40-MHz chips cost $75 each in 
quantities of 1000. 

Quark (Denver) is taking XPress, 
one of the leading Macintosh 
desktop publishing programs, to 
OS/2. As part of its development 
agreement with IBM, Quark also is 
developing software to "enhance 
integration and connectivity of 
multiple vendor systems," the 
company said. These efforts include 
groupware and data-exchange 
software. Quark recently demon- 
strated a prototype of XPress running 
under Windows 3.0. However, 
company founder Tim Gill says that 
Windows lacks the connectivity and 
networking features needed for 
large-scale workgroup publishing, 
and hence the focus on OS/2. 

pression Master, the page would take up 
just a little more than 1 MB. This sort of 
file compression is especially important 
if images will be traveling across a 

C-Cube has also developed a pro- 
gramming interface, called the Image 
Compression Interface. ICI is a set of 
calls that can be written into Mac or PC 
applications to let them access transpar- 
ently a Compression Master board 
installed in the system or any other 
compression board that adheres to the 
ICI standard. If no board is present, the 
compression is done in software, 
through JPEG version 8.2 algorithms 
supplied with C-Cube' s Compression 
Workshop software. Because both the 
JPEG and ICI specifications are open, 
any software or hardware vendor can 
build to the standard. 

Several software companies have 
announced support for ICI, and some on 
the Macintosh side said ICI support has 
already been written into their applica- 
tions, including Adobe Photoshop, 
Quark XPress 3.0, Aladdin Systems' 
Stuffit DeLuxe, Studio/32 from 
Electronic Arts, and Salient DiskDou- 
blerPlus. Autodesk said it intends to 
support ICI in Animator. 

An early adopter of the C-Cube 
squeezing technology is Macintosh 
peripherals maker SuperMac Technol- 
ogy (Sunnyvale, CA), which announced 
at the recent Seybold Conference that, 
starting in January, it will include still- 

image compression software with all its 
color graphics cards and storage 
systems. The new SuperSqueeze 
software is based on JPEG algorithms 
obtained from C-Cube and will comply 
with C-Cube' s Image Compression 
Interface. People who purchase 
SuperMac products now will be eligible 
to receive the SuperSqueeze software 
for free. Others can buy it for $49. 

Radius (San Jose, CA) is also putting 
the squeeze on graphics. The company 
announced at Seybold a software 
implementation of the JPEG standard. 
The Radius software, for the Mac II 
platform, will compress still images 
only. The new software can compress a 
0.75-MB, 24-bit full-color image to 25K 
bytes in less than 6 seconds on a Mac 
Ilex and in less than 3 seconds on a Mac 
Ilf x, the company says. 

The Radius software will be priced at 
"around $300." The company's 
software approach is more flexible than 
hardware JPEG implementations like 
the C-Cube chip, Radius claims. The 
firm points out that an image-compres- 
sion board takes up a Mac II slot and 
costs $ 1 000 or more. Furthermore, 
revisions to the JPEG standard will be 
less painful for users of software-based 
compression products, Radius says; it is 
cheaper to buy a software upgrade than 
it is to buy a new add-in board. How- 
ever, the hardware solution is still the 
faster method of image compression. 

— Andy Reinhardt and Jeff Bertolucci 

AT&T Promises Multiprocessing Unix Next Year 

AT&T's Unix System Laboratories 
(USL) plans to start enhancing 
Unix System V release 4 next year, with 
the most significant change involving 
multiprocessing. AT&T is working with 
Sequent and other companies to develop 
a symmetrical multiprocessing version 
of Unix System V release 4 that can 
handle up to 10 processors. This release, 
called SVR4 MP, is slated for the first 
half of 1991, AT&T said. 

Although it will be developed on 
Intel processors (the i486 and the i860), 
versions also will be available for 
MIPS, SPARC, and Motorola (88000) 
CPUs. A later version (SVR4 ES/MP) 
will be able to handle up to 30 proces- 
sors. One of the companies that plan to 
use the multiprocessing Unix is NCR, 
which announced several multipro- 
cessing computer systems recently. 

A new version called SVR4 ES will 
be more secure, USL said, and will 
conform to the B2 level of security as 

outlined by the U.S. National Computer 
Security Center. This level is designed 
to be more resistant to computer viruses 
and to make it more difficult for 
operators to create security loopholes 
either accidentally or intentionally. This 
version is scheduled for the first half of 

The new SVR4 will be better at disk 
management, AT&T says. USL 
developers are working to increase 
performance by storing parts of files on 
different physical hard disk drives. 

AT&T would not disclose pricing for 
these new versions of Unix, saying that 
price information usually precedes 
product availability by about 60 days. 
AT&T representatives would not 
commit to a single graphical user 
interface for the new Unix, and they 
offered only muted support for Open 
Look, the GUI that AT&T had origi- 
nally proposed for System V. Some 
people had expected AT&T to 

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Maxtor (San Jose, CA) has devel- 
oped a new 3 /2-inch hard disk drive 
that the company claims is the 
biggest in the business. The new 
LXT-535 can store 535 MB. The 
drive comes with a SCSI or an AT 
interface. Average seek time is 12 
ms, Maxtor says. The OEM price 
for the LXT-535 is $1450; for the 

IBM's M-Motion Video Adapter/ A 
board will soon work with Windows 
3.0. The Micro Channel device for 
converting video input to VGA 
images currently comes with 
software that runs only under OS/2 
and DOS. However, IBM recently 
introduced in Japan a Windows- 
based M-Motion board, and the U.S. 
market should see a similar product 
in the near future, IBM multimedia 
chief Peter Blakeney told BYTE. 

Qualitas (Bethesda, MD), the 
company that makes the 386Max 
high-memory manager for 386- 
based systems, has developed a new 
version of the product specifically 
for 386-based PS/2s. The new 
BlueMax ($155) addresses a particu- 
lar problem experienced by PS/2 
users: Because IBM uses 64K bytes 
of high memory for the BIOS to 
support OS/2 and other future 
capabilities, there's not enough high 
memory to hold network adapters, 
TSR programs, and an expanded- 
memory page frame. BlueMax 
removes those portions of the IBM 
BIOS that are used only by OS/2 
and reloads the BIOS to use only 
64K bytes of high memory instead 
of 1 28K. The result is that network 
interfaces and EMS drivers can be 
loaded into high memory, with room 
left over for a few TSR programs. 

Graphic Software Systems (Beav- 
erton, OR) has come out with a kit 
for writing 34010-based applications 
drivers to the Direct Graphics Inter- 
face Standard. The DGIS 3.0 
Software Development Kit comes 
with the DGIS firmware, C subrou- 
tine calls, sample programs, 
documentation, program utilities, 
and a 34010 board for testing the 
drivers. The kit costs $695. GSS 
also has the first graphical interface 
for 34010-based products working 
with OS/2 Presentation Manager. 

acknowledge support by now for Motif, 
the GUI used by the Open Software 
Foundation's Unix. Instead, AT&T is 
talking about establishing a common 
application programming interface for 

all GUIs. Theoretically, users who buy 
programs written to this generic API 
can choose for themselves which GUI 
they would like to use. 

— Rich M alloy 

No RISC: Multiprocessing Architecture Will 
Emulate 386, i486, Run Current Applications 

RISC technology has been promoted 
as a performance savior for 
desktop computing. But if users of non- 
RISC systems convert to RISC, they 
can't take their favorite applications 
software with them. Those programs 
would have to be left behind or rewrit- 
ten for RISC. 

NexGen (San Jose, CA) says that it 
can surpass RISC performance levels 
without making current software 
obsolete. The company is designing a 
new complex-instruction-set computer 
architecture that will be able to run most 
software now working on IBM 
PC-compatible computers. NexGen 
says the multichip processor at the heart 
of its multiprocessing architecture will 
be binary-compatible with DOS, OS/2, 
and The Santa Cruz Operation Unix. 

NexGen says that its systems archi- 
tecture is the first to support "true sym- 
metric, scalable multiprocessing in a 
personal computer environment." A 
machine built around the NexGen 
design will be able to have four CPUs. 
These machines will perform at speeds 
"greater than twice that of a 486, 
SPARC, or MIPS" system and compa- 
rable to that of an IBM RISC System/ 
6000, said Peter Janssen, vice president 
of NexGen. 

Although the company has been 
"thrown in the basket with" chip makers 
trying to clone Intel's 386, "we're doing 

a superscalar architectural design of a 
microprocessor," Janssen said. 
NexGen' s multiprocessing system will 
be based on a proprietary chip set that 
can emulate the 386/i486 instruction set. 
That VLSI chip set incorporates an 
instruction decoder, an integer executor, 
a numeric processor, a memory and 
cache controller, an address preparation 
unit, and instruction and data tag chips. 
The processor talks to the rest of the 
system with a 64-bit multiprocessor bus; 
the designers say that the bus can 
operate at 267 MBps. Integer and 
floating-point instructions can execute 
concurrently. Most integer instructions 
are handled in a single cycle, Janssen 
said. The memory system can feed the 
processor 8 bytes of instructions or data 
during every cycle. The instruction and 
data caches use ordinary static RAM. 

NexGen hopes to sell its design 
initially to OEMs. Resultant multipro- 
cessing server systems could show up 
early in 1991, Janssen said. Worksta- 
tions and servers built around the 
NexGen processor will be able to "swap 
disks and I/O boards with PS/2s and 
EISA machines," he said. Although 
computer makers Compaq and Olivetti 
have made equity investments in 
NexGen, there's no contractual obliga- 
tion to use the company's new technol- 
ogy, Janssen said. 

— D. Barker 

NCR's New Environment Built on Cooperation 

NCR has concocted a "general- 
purpose information processing 
environment" that's a model of coopera- 
tion. In fact, that's what NCR calls its 
ensemble of client/server-based 
workgroup software: Cooperation. 
Cooperation provides not only a 
graphical desktop interface, network 
support, and E-mail, but also sophisti- 
cated network file management, wide- 
area-network support, terminal emula- 
tion and host links, database engines 
and front ends, document conversion, 
work-flow automation, an executive 
information system (EIS) shell, and 
network management functions. Many 

of these things are available in compet- 
ing "office environments," but Coopera- 
tion, based on open standards and 
software from other companies, also 
includes open application programming 
interfaces, development tools, and a 
library of reusable objects to simplify 
custom programming. 

NCR's system, designed to run on 
386-based PCs, starts with DOS and 
then adds Windows 3.0 and Hewlett- 
Packard's New Wave 3.0, for an iconic 
workspace that can treat data files as 
objects and invoke "agents" to automate 
complex or repetitive tasks. The servers 
will be running OS/2 LAN Manager (or, 

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changes economic 

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to setup months 


years to deliver 

ontheir promises? 



In the 1980s, American companies invested nearly 
$90 billion in PCs, yet office productivity has shown dis- 
appointing gains. 

Not everybody was disappointed, however. According 
to a new independent study by Diagnostic Research, Inc.*, 
companies that invested in Macintosh 9 computers are 
enjoying dramatic results. Managers gave Macintosh pro- 
ductivity ratings that were 37% higher than for MS-DOS 
systems and 32% higher than for PCs running Windows. 
Which is like getting back 17 extra weeks a year. 

In a global economy of snowballing competition, 
the story behind those figures maybe of interest. 

In 1984, Apple introduced Macintosh on the simple 
premise that computers should work the way people do. 

Now, as others rush to market with Macintosh look- 
alikes, Apple turns out to have been the practical, de- 
pendable, results-oriented computer company all along. 


series of 

Macintosh computers 


Our three new personal computers were designed 
to rectify the one flaw that still exists in Macintosh. 
Namely, some people still don't have one. 

So now, starting at $999, + there is a Macintosh at a 
price that almost everyone can afford. 

The Macintosh Classic 8 

This one has everything that makes a Macintosh a 
Macintosh. Built-in networking. A SuperDrive"' disk drive, 
which reads both Macintosh and MS-DOS files. And a 
$999 + price that includes the built-in monitor, 1MB of 

The new Macintosh Classic, Macintosh Hsi, am 

RAM, keyboard, mouse, and system software. A 40MB 
hard disk is optional. Its processor is an 8 MHz 68000 
chip. And it outperforms the popular Macintosh SE. 


The new, low-cost Macintosh LC introduces exquisite 

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Macintosh LC on stage together for the very first lime. 

Macintosh color and graphics to a wider world. 

With its 16 MHz 68020 processor, it runs all the thou- 
sands of Macintosh programs at impressive speed. 

And, with the optional Apple® lie Card, it will run 
thousands more Apple H applications as well. 

The Macintosh LC expands by adding a card to its 
slot. A 40MB internal hard drive is standard. A built-in 
video chip runs an Apple monochrome or low-cost 
color monitor— without adding a video card. And the 
Macintosh LC, like the Maxfllsi, lets you record yDur voice 
and other sounds into the computer. Which will make 
voice-annotated software a standard Macintosh feature. 


Running a 20 MHz 68030 microprocessor, the new 
Macintosh Ilsi delivers serious number-crunching at the 
most attractive possible price. 

Into its sleek package are compressed the powerful 
essentials of the Mac n line. Including an optional 32-bit 
NuBus""slot for high-performance graphics and acceler- 
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Ethernet and Token-Ring. Plus a 40 or 80MB hard drive. 
Built-in video chips drive four different Apple monitors. 

Why the least 
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New subsidiaries of Nakamichi 
Peripherals Corp. of Japan are 
gearing up to deliver their new Sc- 
inch rewritable optical disk drives to 
OEMs and end users. Mass Optical 
Storage Technologies (Cypress, 
CA) is the developer and manufac- 
turer of the 3 '/i-inch optical disk 
drive and will sell it on an OEM 
basis. Ocean Microsystems 
(Campbell, CA) will sell the drive to 
end users. MOST's RMD-5100 
drive offers a capacity of 1 28 MB on 
single-sided disk cartridges that are 
roughly the same size as familiar 
3'/2-inch magnetic media. MOST 
says that the drives have an average 
access time of 35 ms, comparable to 
many hard disk drives. The Ocean 
Vista 1 30 drive, slated to be 
available to users by the end of this 
year in limited stock, will cost $3395 
for XT/ATs and compatibles, $3595 
for PS/2s, $3 1 95 for Macs, and 
$3990 for AT-bus systems running 
Unix or Xenix. 

Trying to encourage software 
development for its i860 RISC 
microprocessor, Intel and five of its 
i860 customers have formed a 
support group for the 64-bit chip. 
The Mass860 group will offer 
software developers porting assis- 
tance as well as technical and 
marketing help. In addition to Intel's 
Microcomputer Components Group, 
founding members are Alliant 
Computer Systems, IBM, Oki, 
Olivetti, and Samsung. Mass860's 
new multilayer application binary 
interface (ABI) will enable third- 
party software to run unchanged 
across a variety of hardware 
platforms that support the i860, Intel 
said; for example, a program that 
runs on an i860 auxiliary processor 
on a PC will run in identical binary 
format on workstations from Oki, 
Olivetti, and Samsung, and will run 
under PAX on "supercomputer-class 
systems" from Alliant, Intel said. 

An old name in typewriters, Smith- 
Corona (New Canaan, CT), plans to 
introduce a line of personal comput- 
ers aimed at home and small 
business users. The new PCs will be 
developed by Taiwan-based Acer to 
specifications from Smith-Corona, 
and manufactured by Smith-Corona 
in Cortland, New York. 

someday, Unix System V release 4) and 
the Mezzanine network file manage- 
ment software from Saros. Cooperation 
comes with a set of applications from 
other companies: Gupta's SQLBase 
Server, FutureSoft's DynaComm 
terminal emulator, Mastersoft's Word 
for Word file-conversion utilities, 
Channel Computing's Forest & Trees 
EIS system, and Software Products 
International's Access SQL. 

The secret to Cooperation is that it is 
an amalgam of third-party applications. 
NCR has integrated them into a tightly 
coupled environment that can be 
installed on any IBM-compatible 
computer — both a technical and a 
political accomplishment. 

One drawback to Cooperation, com- 
pared with typical PC network configu- 
rations, is its cost; the software modules 
(which provide user and network 
services and applications) are expensive 
by PC standards and require expensive 
computers. But NCR officials maintain 

that the per-user cost is still less than 
that of minicomputer and mainframe 
software or the cost of hiring consult- 
ants to integrate complex PC applica- 

Cooperation client machines must be 
286- or 386-based PCs with at least 6 
MB of RAM. Clients run DOS, 
Windows, NewWave, and whatever 
other client modules have been pur- 
chased. Servers have to be 386 or 486 
machines with 1 2 MB of RAM and at 
least 200 MB of disk storage. NCR said 
the servers have to be Micro Channel 
systems because they require the bus 
bandwidth, but the company couldn't 
explain why an EISA-bus machine 
wouldn't suffice. Servers run OS/2 and 
LAN Manager 2.0, in addition to the 
chosen modules of Cooperation. The 
cost ranges from $23,000 (for a 12-user 
system) to $58,000 (for 24 users). NCR 
expects Cooperation to be generally 
available in March. 

— Andy Reinhardt 

Motorola to Go Superscalar with Future Chip 

At the recent Microprocessor 
Forum, Motorola disclosed not a 
new product so much as its ambitious 
plans for a new product. This non- 
announcement concerned the Motorola 
881 10, which is a future member of the 
88000 family of RISC processors; if 
Motorola is right, the 881 10 chip will be 
one of the performance leaders of the 

The 881 10 will be a superscalar 
design, meaning it will be able to 
execute more than one instruction per 
clock cycle. Motorola will put the CPU, 
FPU, graphics execution units, memory 
manager, and instruction and data cache 
all on the same chip. The 88 1 10 will use 
80-bit-wide data paths internally 
throughout the chip. The design will 
incorporate speculative execution 
techniques to anticipate the tasks that it 
will be given to run. Motorola says it 

can produce this chip sometime in 1 99 1 
and that it will be between three and 
five times faster than the 88 1 00. 

The chip maker has made what some 
microprocessor experts consider bold 
predictions. Motorola said it can retain 
object-code compatibility while adding 
a highly parallel superscalar design and 
dynamic instruction scheduling, and 
implementing this at 100-MHz clock 
rates with extremely wide data buses. 
Motorola designers say that by the end 
of the 1990s, the company will be 
producing multiprocessor chips that 
contain 100 million transistors and are 
capable of operating at 300 MHz. 

Motorola officials say that the 88000 
architecture will provide a broad range 
of processors that can control anything 
from a toaster to a supercomputer, all 
with the same basic instruction set. 

— Owen Linderholm 

Mixed-Media Magazines on Disc Are on the Way 

With some help from hypertext 
tools and multimedia develop- 
ment programs, four companies are 
readying or have released new interac- 
tive magazines on CD-ROM. The 
platters will provide everything from 
software demos to music videos to ads 
with electronic buttons you can press 
for more information. 

These kinds of publications, which 

tend to make heavy use of graphics, 
sound, and hypertext links, are easier to 
design now than a year or so ago 
because of sophisticated programs for 
manipulating images and linking 
information. Verbum, for example, has 
constructed its Verbum Interactive disk 
entirely with off-the-shelf software. "A 
couple of years ago," says Michael 
Gosney, president and publisher, "it 

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of Real Life, no two Macs within a 
10-foot space are alike. To help live 
with the differences caused by an 
ever-increasing variety of Macin- 
toshes, Farallon Computing 
(Emeryville, CA) has come up with 
DiskPaper. With this $149 software, 
networked Mac users will be able to 
view, copy, and print a document 
regardless of their type of Mac, color 
capability, application, or font 
availability, Farallon says. And with 
appropriate sound-input hardware — 
like Farallon' s MacRecorder voice 
digitizer or the built-in sound 
capabilities of the new Mac LC and 
Ilsi — users can attach sound notes to 
their documents. A DiskPaper file 
contains "multiple representations" 
of a document, including Quick- 
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images. DiskPaper sends the 
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receiver's Macintosh. (Whereas a 
Mac Plus on a network might receive 
a black-and-white bit-mapped image 
of a complex color drawing created 
on a Mac Ilfx, another Mac Ilfx on 
the network would receive a color 
QuickDraw image. But other than 
the lack of color, the Mac Plus image 
would be identical to the one 
received by the Ilfx, Farallon says.) 
DiskPaper is scheduled to be ready 
this quarter. 

Things are slow this year, but 
semiconductor companies can 

expect a healthy increase in sales 
during the next two years, according 
to one forecast. Sales in 1991 to 
1993 will perk up due to the 
"continuing pervasiveness" of semi- 
conductors in the electronics 
industry, according to the Semicon- 
ductor Industry Association. The 
group predicts more than $75 billion 
in semiconductor sales in 1993. As 
for predictions of a gloomy eco- 
nomic situation, SIA statistical pro- 
grams director Doug Andrey said 
that the semiconductor growth rate 
doesn't necessarily follow that of the 
economy as a whole. The industry 
experienced double-digit growth 
rates in the late 1970s, when the 
economy was in a recession, Andrey 
said. But then the chip industry had 
its worst years in 1984 and 1985, 
when the general economy was 
doing well, he said. 

would have taken hundreds of hours of 
custom programming." But now, the 
different elements of a magazine can be 
built with an assortment of Macintosh 
design and illustration tools, including 
Adobe Illustrator, Aldus FreeHand, 
PixelPaint Professional, Studio 8, 
Swivel 3D, StrataVision 3D, and 
LetraStudio. Verbum assembles the 
final product in MacroMind Director 
2.0. "The beauty of the Mac platform," 
says Gosney, "is that all these programs 
work together." 

Gosney plans for Verbum Interactive 
to be a showcase of creativity and a 
resource of information about multi- 
media, hypermedia, and animation. It 
will be modeled on the firm's paper- 
and-ink magazine, Verbum, which 
covers computer-based publishing and 
graphic design. Verbum Interactive will 
feature multimedia art work, a database 
of multimedia products and services, 
and interactive advertisements. 

Subscriptions to Verbum Interactive, 
which works with the Mac II, cost 
$49.95 per disk. Verbum plans to 
produce an edition that runs under 
Windows 3.0. 

Discovery Systems is putting 
software, demos, games, multimedia 
interviews, sound files, clip art, 
hypermedia tools, and "talking" letters 
to the editor, sent via voice mail, on its 
Nautilus CD, says Marsh Williams, 
project manager. Readers can purchase 
software contained on the disk. Nautilus 
prototypes were built with SuperCard, 
but Discovery plans to develop its own 
code to assemble the magazine. The 

magazine "runs" on a Mac with 2 MB 
of RAM. Issued 13 times a year, it costs 
$9.95 per disk. The company plans a 
Windows edition for early 1991. 

Still in the prototype stage, Antic 
Publishing's as-yet-unnamed CD-ROM 
magazine, according to Antic president 
Jim Capparell, will capture the look and 
feel of "riffling through the pages" of a 
traditional magazine, but with added 
dimensions of sound, animation, and 
video. Capparell likens a multimedia 
magazine to a Hollywood production; 
Antic is even referring to the CD-ROM 
magazine's editors as "producers." 

Antic's disk will be available for the 
Macintosh and IBM platforms, as well 
as for Commodore's new CD TV, 
which combines a compact disk drive 
and computer in one machine. Subscrip- 
tions will cost in the $10 to $25 range. 

The least computer-oriented of the 
new CD-ROM magazines, under- 
Control's Grip, will focus on current 
events and music. Grip will incorporate 
animation, video, news, editorials, and 
material gleaned from 8mm decks, 
VCRs, cameras, videodisks, and frame 
grabbers. Cofounder Nick Cutillo says 
underControl is receiving material from 
around the world, including a video of 
the collapsing Berlin wall. Built in 
HyperCard, Grip will require a Mac II 
with 2 MB. 

The potential audience for CD-ROM 
magazines is still comparatively small. 
"Obviously it's not a very big market," 
says Verbum 's Michael Gosney, "but 
we expect it to grow rapidly." 

— Mark Clarkson 

LAN Leaders Call for Network Benchmarks 

Officials from companies prominent 
in computer networking have 
called for some industry standards for 
testing LANs. The new Performance 
Testing Alliance met during NetWorld 
'90 to discuss developing LAN bench- 
marks. The PTA includes Novell, 
AT&T, IBM, 3Com, and Banyan. 

"The thing about LANs is that they're 
so complicated," said Drew Major, 
Novell systems architect. "It's a lot 
easier in many ways to test a minicom- 

puter. It's all centralized in one box." 
While all the companies at the PTA 
meeting supported the idea of standard 
benchmarks, the development of those 
benchmarks might create considerably 
more friction. The PTA will have to 
find a way to test every layer of a 
network. Its benchmarks will have to be 
portable. And the benchmarks will need 
to isolate specific components, testing 
different configurations and loads. 

— Jeffrey Bertolucci 

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People the World Over 

Everywhere you look these days you'll find 
Gateway 2000 computers. That's because people 
ft0 o computers in q/ /s everywhere know a good 
value when they see 

one. In all 50 
\ — states and in over 
% % ? °* ^O foreign 
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8 thousands of 
people are compar- 
ing price, quality and 
service - and choosing 
Gateway 2000. 

In Atlanta... 

ZSoft, the well-known graphics software 
company, often demonstrates its software at trade 
shows on Gateway 2000 
computers. Dave Steier, ZSoft 
code librarian and software 
demonstrator, said he prefers 
showing products on Gateway 
systems. "They're terrific," Dave 
remarked. "I just got back from a 
show where I was using Gateway 
33's and they're screamers." Don Womick, Jr., a 
programmer for ZSoft, bought a Gateway 2000 20 
MHz 386 for his personal use because he liked the 
Gateway systems at work. "With Gateway," said Don, 
"I was able to get the performance I need at a price I 
could afford." 

Don and Dave both commented on the excellent 
service they received from Gateway. "Everyone is 
uniformly polite, friendly and helpful," Dave said. 

ZSoft employees Dave Steier, left, and 
Don Womick, Jr., with Don 's Gateway 
2000 20 MHz 386 system. 

At the Grand Canyon... 

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters uses Gateway 
2000 computers in its operation. Rick Carrick, chief 
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Rick Carrick, Papillon Grand Canyon 
Helicopters, and his indestructible Gateway 

PC's a few years 
ago to run point- 
of-sale software 
and to perform 
weight and balance 
calculations on 
aircraft, a critical 
safety and efficiency procedure. Initially he experi- 
mented with several computer firms. "I called 
Gateway because I liked their ads," Rick admitted. 
"But I've become a loyal customer because their 
machines are indestructible and they have excellent 
customer service." 

Papillon Helicopters has another Gateway 2000 
computer now - a 25 MHz 386 - and Rick said he's in 
the process of replacing all of the company's PC's with 
Gateway 2000 systems. 

In Zurich... 

Michael Paravicini runs a Gateway 2000 33 MHz 
386 system. Michael is a management consultant for 
Price Waterhouse in Zurich. "I was impressed by 
Gateway's price-features comparison," he remembered. 
"My system cost far less than you'd expect to pay for a 
comparable computer." 
Continuing, he said, "It was 
also the responsiveness they 
showed when I sent a fax 
request for a quotation. 
Out of ten U. S. companies 

Michael Paravicini, Price 
Waterhouse, and his Gateway 
2000 33 MHz 386 system. 

Choose Gateway 2000 ! 

I contacted, Gateway was the most prompt and 

efficient in responding. I still haven't heard from 

some of the others." 

PC Magazine's survey about service and reliability 

confirms what these customers are saying: 
"Gateway shared top billing with such heavy- 
weights as Compaq, IBM, and HP for 
those who would buy their products 
again,.. Over all, Gateway's high marks 
bode well for the company's future, as 

does its commitment to customer service." 
PC Magazine 
September 25, 1990 

From the Heartland 

The combination of price, quality and service 
makes Gateway 2000 the best value in the industry. 
But value alone doesn't explain how a little company 
in the Midwest, just celebrating its fifth anniversary, 
managed to outdistance hundreds of other companies, 
selling more systems through the direct market 
channel than any other PC manufacturer in the 


"We can't run that ad anymore," continued Ted, 
grinning, "because we built a new plant 14 miles 
<a down the road in South Dakota. But the cows 
really worked for us. They made the phones 
ring. From then on, though, we built 
our business on value - good prices 

on quality systems with old- 
fashioned, personal service." 
Ted mentioned another reason for 
Gateway's success. "We take a long-term 
approach to customer service." he said. 
"In the C^^indust^ "When you buy a computer from 

longevity should be measured in Gatewa y 2000 > y° u become P art 

dog years.' * of our family and we're going to be 

there for you as long as you own that machine." 
As Ted talked about the company's fifth 
anniversary, he laughed again. "In the computer 
industry, longevity should be measured in dog years," 
he chuckled, "because every- 
thing's moving so fast. That 
makes Gateway 35 years old! /^P*"*! W " f ' 

Gateway 2000 sells more computers through the 
direct market channel than any other PC 
manufacturer in the country. 

"It was the 
laughed Ted 

Gateway 2000 
President and 
CEO. "Of 


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Fifteen Years and Counting 

I found the September issue bittersweet. I 
read it thinking that it was one of the 
most enjoyable issues of any computer 
periodical I've ever read. (I subscribe to 
many magazines, so that's quite an im- 
pression.) However, I was astonished to 
find that the principal man behind the 
Apple II, Macintosh, and NeXT com- 
puters—who is, of course, Steven P. 
Jobs— was not on your list of influential 
people in personal computing. This 
omission was particularly hard for me to 
bear in light of the many people on the 
list whom I would not even consider in 
Jobs's class. In my opinion, Jobs should 
be considered the most important force 
in bringing personal computers to the 

I believe a gross injustice has been 

Kevin Weidner 
Pleasantville, NY 

Steve Jobs consented to participate in the 
BYTE Summit but was unable to do so 
due to last-minute scheduling conflicts. 

—Bob Ryan 

I thank you for the excellent September 
issue. The coverage all around is superb, 
and I thoroughly enjoyed the 63 [experts] 
writing about the PC's present and fu- 
ture. I have learned a lot. 

F. A. Mulla 
Nakuru, Kenya 

One would hardly expect Don Crabb's 
Macinations column to minimize graph- 
ics-based computing, but his enthusiasm 
seems to have carried him over the brink 
in his September column. I thought back, 
as he suggested, to the time when I read 
what I thought was a really good book 
and found it was not the graphics that 
drew me into it (in fact, it had no pictures 
at all!). Rather, it was the skill of the 

Can it be that Crabb has fallen into the 
very trap that he so eloquently warns of 
in the very same article? As Alan Kay 
points out in your Summit, "technology 
is just an amplifier." Contrary to Mar- 
shall McLuhan, the message is really the 
message. Even so, I read Crabb's column 
every month and appreciate it. 

I want to congratulate you on your 1 5th 
anniversary. I agree with Esther Dyson's 

comment ("I don't want to babysit this 
computer. I want it to act for me, not with 
me"). That's the future of computing: 
not a more servile or fun servant, but a 
more able one. Graphical user interfaces 
(GUIs), networks, fancy input and output, 
and all the rest must work toward this 
goal. If I want a video game, I'll look to 
Nintendo, not Apple or IBM or Microsoft. 

Gary Fisher 
Allendale, MI 

Congratulations on your 15th anniversa- 
ry. I enjoyed the anniversary issue a 
great deal. 

I came away from reading Alan Kay's 
comments ("The BYTE Summit") feel- 
ing that Kay is brilliant and innovative 
but that his revolution is not for me (nor, I 
think, is it for many of my colleagues) . 

I found it very telling that Kay said, 
"The PARC stuff we did was originally 
designed for children." Now the icons 

double-space your letter on one side of the 
page and include your name and address. 
Letters two pages in length or under have a 
better chance of being published in their en- 
tirety. Address correspondence to Letters 
Editor, BYTE, One Phoenix Mill Lane, Pe- 
terborough, NH 03458. You can also send let- 
ters via BlXmail c/o "editors. " 

Your letter will be read, but because of the 
large volume of mail we receive, we cannot 
guarantee publication. We also reserve the 
right to edit letters. It takes about four months 
from the time we receive a letter until we pub- 
lish it. 

make much more sense to me. I can ad- 
mire Alan Kay without wanting to think 
like him or work like him. 

I think that there are many people in 
computing who have very good reasons 
for not using GUIs. When we make our 
choices, we opt for speed, flexibility, 
and compactness. I know many people 
who choose DOS (delphic as it is) be- 
cause it is a fast "shorthand" interface. 

Like everyone else, I am impatient for 
improvements to DOS; I want to be able 
to give directions and files longer, more 
descriptive names and to be able to work 
with files that are associated with the 
programs used to create them. I also 
want to be able to switch from one pro- 
gram to another and then back again in- 
stantaneously. Occasionally, I would 
also like to be able to work in true 
WYSIWYG mode. I know, however, that 
I do not need a GUI to achieve these 
goals, and I will always opt for a solution 
that is economical and agile and that 
doesn't make me wait. 

Richard Zakin 
Oswego, NY 

Your September issue completely over- 
whelmed me. I couldn't read it all. But I 
admire you for the risk you took with 
your prognostications. I am looking for- 
ward to your 25th anniversary issue in 
2000 to see how embarrassed you are. 
Predicting the future is seldom accurate. 
But keep it up. 

Robert LaFara 
Indianapolis, IN 

Alvy Ray Smith's suggestion ("The 
BYTE Summit") that people would pre- 
fer to communicate with pictures instead 
of words was a thought-provoking one, 
and it is certainly a logical extrapolation 
of the direction in which our nonl iterate, 
TV-oriented culture is moving. 

To take Smith's idea a bit further, 
when we get a sufficient number of these 
new icons (including, I assume, pictures 
that represent "justice," "sadness," 
"truth," etc.), we will certainly need 
standards so that we can all use the same 
pictures for identical concepts. I am curi- 
ous, however, as to how we will organize 
the manuals to quickly find the appropri- 
ate icon to represent a specific thought— 
a dictionary, if you will. 

lam sure that the problem i s soluble. 



After all, the Chinese have been using 
pictures to represent concepts for a long 
time now. 

Sydney B. Self Jr. 
Sudbury, MA 

Copyright Controversies 

The opportunity for full protection of 
intellectual rights must be available to 
all, contrary to what Mitch Kapor has 
learned from his "very, very good" ex- 
periences with software ("Litigation vs. 
Innovation," Stop Bit, September). 

Innovation is not ethereal and does not 
just appear to the most enthusiastic of the 
bunch. It is the result of hard work and of 
dedication to R&D, all of which deserve 
to profit from success in the market- 
place. But that success does not have 
much chance in an environment where 
the results of effort can be stolen by any 
thief or ring of thieves who declare them- 
selves innovators. 

The only way that developers can be 
protected is by the courts. The glut of in- 
tellectual-property litigation that scares 
Kapor is perhaps a result of innovation 
thieves being brought to justice. 

Brian Livingston 

Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, 


I agree with Mitch Kapor' s remarks on 
software copyright, but I think that he 
does not sufficiently address the issue of 
visual copyright, per se. 

When you attempt to copyright or pat- 
ent the user interface of your program, 
that is an act of theft. How is it that the 
user interface belongs to the users? Sure- 
ly I hear a multitude of enraged cries 
from programmers: "It's our interface; 
we designed it." 

It i s a common delusion of the more ar- 
rogant sort of software developer that the 
value of the user interface consists in its 
inherent excellence, that his or her user 
interace is somehow easier to use, and all 
that. Nonsense! The value of a user inter- 
face consists almost entirely in the fact 
that users have learned to use it, all too 
often with unnecessary difficulty. 

When user interfaces are "user friend- 
ly," that generally means that they have 
borrowed the conventions of street signs, 
Coke machines, and the like. So the 
principle holds— the value of a user inter- 
face is the value of the skill of the users. 

In proof of this, there are any number 
of minor user interfaces whose few users 
will proclaim their excellence at the top 
of their lungs. Yet these interfaces have 
little or no cash value, because so few 
people know them. 

I might add that the less arrogant de- 

velopers are positively compulsive about 
allowing the user to redesign the inter- 
face at will, via elaborate customization 

Andrew D. Todd 
Springfield, OR 

When U.S. District Court Judge Robert 
Keeton ruled in the Lotus case (Micro- 
bytes, September), he affirmed the right 
of programmers the world over to the 
fruit of their labors. Keeton' s narrow in- 
terpretation of the copyright law has pro- 
vided plenty of opportunity for other 
programmers to build on the work of pre- 

But the test of this limited concept will 
come only as more and more program- 
mers use standard interfaces such as 
IBM 's Systems Application Architecture 
common user interface. How does one 
not infringe on creative "expression" 
when everyone is using the same stan- 
dard style? I do not pretend to know law, 
but I do know that I, for one, would like 
some protection for my work if I were to 
use such a standard, as I desire to do. 
Please let us know, IBM and Microsoft. 
Bill Hartzell 
Garland, TX 

Monitor Fallout 

I 'm glad to see BYTE publishing articles 
on electromagnetic emissions from video 
displays ("Of Monitors and Emissions," 
September). Bill McGinnis's article is 
good; it takes the reader right inside the 

Still, as a Ph.D. physicist, I was disap- 
pointed to notice McGinnis's failure to 
distinguish between electromagnetic 
fields that are radiated away from the 
source and those that are not. All ioniz- 
ing radiation (e.g., visible and infrared 
light) and all broadcast nonionizing radi- 
ation (e.g., microwaves and radio-fre- 
quency radiation) radiate energy away 
from the source, thereby producing radi- 
ation emissions. But extremely low-fre- 
quency (ELF) fields (which include fre- 
quencies from 50 Hz to 100 Hz) do not 
radiate energy through the air away from 
the source. 

Emissions that are radiated through 
space can affect creatures far from the 
source. These effects do not occur for 
nonradiated fields such as ELF. 

I have never encountered the distinc- 
tion between radiation and emission that 
McGinnis points out. Those who make 
this distinction must be scientists or engi- 
neers in a specialized discipline with 
which I am not familiar. 

Marjorie Lundquist 
Milwaukee, WI 

I agree that very few far-field emissions 
exist in the 30-Hz (wavelength 10 million 
meters) to 300-Hz (wavelength 1 million 
meters) region. But the point of the article 
was not to limit shielding considerations 
to the far- field condition. There are 
fields coming from most video terminals 
that are identifiable as either electric or 

The interest in emissions in this fre- 
quency range centers on two main con- 
siderations: How large is the field, and 
how can it be reduced? The first question 
can be answered by qualified personnel 
using measurement equipment. The sec- 
ond question can be addressed by identi- 
fying emissions sources and applying ap- 
propriate shielding techniques to them. 
My article was intended as a guide to 
sources of emissions and possible reme- 

The distinction between radiation and 
emissions is very common among mem- 
bers of the Electromagnetic Compatibil- 
ity Society and is gaining acceptance 
from some in the IEEE. The main reason 
for promoting these terms is the misun- 
derstanding of the term radiation by many 
people. Too often, the first thought is of 
some nuclear event, which is incorrect. It 
is something like the "flammable /inflam- 
mable" problem. Now, tanker trucks are 
marked "flammable, " since the other 
term was so misunderstood. 

I invite all to use the word emissions 
where it is appropriate to help reduce the 
misunderstanding of radiation. 

—Bill McGinnis 

Wrestling with Resolutions 

I read with some astonishment a state- 
ment that the resolution of images 
dropped to 72 dots per inch or 75 dpi 
when they were imported using the Clip- 
board ("Word Processors That Build 
Character," September). I cannot say 
that this is not true in the DOS world, but 
I can definitely say that it is not true in 
my experiences with the Macintosh. 

My regular word processor is Full- 
Write Professional 1 . 1 . 1 also use Write- 
Now 2.2, Microsoft Word 4. OB, and 
MacWrite II 1 .0. 1 use a Hewlett-Packard 
Deskwriter for most of my printing. I 
have used several of these applications to 
compose a departmental newsletter for a 
university. The masthead of the newslet- 
ter contains a 300-dpi scanned image of 
the university's logo, which is pasted 
into the newsletter from the Clipboard. 

I could not remember any difficulty 
printing the newsletter at full resolution. 
After I read your article, I conducted a 
test to make sure that I was not mistaken. 
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printed a 300-dpi bit map pasted from 
Canvas 2.1 at full resolution. In fact, the 
only problem that I have with resolution 
occurs with drawings created in Full- 
Write' s drawing environment. For those 
drawings, the resolution is limited to 
72/75 dpi. 

Matthew F. Ware 
Greensboro, NC 

When I tested FullWrite, I used Apple- 
Scan 1.0.2 (Apple's 300-dpi scanner 
software) as my 300-dpi image source 
and copied the scanned images directly to 
the Clipboard. The 72- /75-dpi images 
came through fine. The 300-dpi images 
retained all their information; FullWrite 
simply interpreted them as 75 dpi and dis- 
played them at four times normal size. 

After receiving your letter, I tried 
bringing some 300-dpi AppleScan images 
into Adobe 's Photoshop and then placing 
them in FullWrite. Oddly enough, that 
seemed to work fine. In this case, we 're 
both right— it apparently matters where 
you get your 300-dpi graphics from. I've 
made a note to take another look at this 
with future releases of FullWrite or the 
scanner software. —Howard Eglowstein 


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I have a Western Digital WD-1006V- 
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a Seagate ST255 hard disk drive. I'd like 
to program the hard disk drive operations 
directly, without the help of DOS or the 
ROM BIOS. Where can I get detailed in- 
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Zagreb, Yugoslavia 

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PC or Not PC? 

I am writing to get your advice before 
shopping for my next computer system. 

My primary decision involves which 
type of computer I should choose: an 
Apple Macintosh or an IBM PS/2 or 
compatible. After I have decided on one, 
shopping for the right model to suit my 
needs (and all my desires, if I can afford 
them) should be relatively easy. 

On the IBM AT, my weekly comput- 
ing environment includes MultiMate Ad- 
vantage II, Lotus 1-2-3, FoxPro, Micro- 
soft Paintbrush, PC Tools, Turbo 
Pascal, NewsMaster, and Print Shop. 

On the Macintosh II, my environment 
includes Microsoft Word, Microsoft 
Excel, FoxBase + /Mac, Mac Paint, 
Turbo Pascal, Think C, and Aldus Page- 

I have more expertise on the IBM; I 
have an AT, a Microsoft Mouse, and an 
Epson LQ printer. Nevertheless, I prefer 
the Macintosh interface, and the Mac has 
grown up; it's not just a desktop publish- 
ing machine anymore. 

However, both my paid summer in- 
ternships thus far have required IBM ex- 
perience (e.g., Lotus 1-2-3 and Word- 
Perfect), and the job market stresses the 
IBM machines, too. 

Ideally, I would like the best of both 
worlds in my next computer— a Mac with 
an add-in card for IBM compatibility, for 
example. But have all the bugs been 
worked out of this technology? Would 
you recommend the use of such tech- 

At the high end, I can afford a PS/2 
Model 80 or a Macintosh Ilci, with just 
enough money left over for a 24-pin 

Should I go with Apple or IBM? 

Oscar Rozario 
Ley sin, Switzerland 

There 's no clear answer to your question; 
if there were, one or the other type of 
computer probably wouldn't exist. I'll 
give you a couple of guidelines to help 
you decide. 

When you 're trying to decide on either 
architecture or capacity, don 't start by 
picking the machine; first pick the appli- 
cations you want to run. Some types of 
applications are best represented on Ap- 
ple architectures, while others have more 
support on the PC. You have a specific 
applications list in mind; that 's an excel- 
lent start. Remember that your list will 
change with time, but you'll probably 
lean toward similar applications in the 

On the PC, you 've got MultiMate Ad- 
vantage 11, certainly an industry-stan- 
dard word processor with no parallel on 
the Mac. There are good reasons to stay 
with MultiMate, and each one might seem 

to vote for the PC. PC Tools has many 
uses, but the primary one is to make life 
on the PC easier. For that reason, I 
would tend to discount that package when 
making the decision. Similarly, you 
would overlook Symantec 's SUM or simi- 
lar Mac products. Lotus 1-2-3 is another 
product with no exact parallel on the 
Mac, except that spreadsheets are more 
alike than word processors, and you 
could switch. The Mac has several good 
ones. Then there are cross- platform 
products. You 've named FoxPro, Micro- 
soft Word, Excel, and PageMaker. All of 
them are available on the Mac and on the 
PC under Windows. Even your paint pro- 
grams are a good cross. Several Windows 
paint programs have capabilities similar 
to Macintosh paint programs. 

Second, after you go through your ap- 
plications list, look for products that you 
could replace with something on another 
platform. Do you have to exchange files 
or disks with someone else using that 
product? Will you be networking the ma- 
chine ? Factor that in, and start adding 
up the score. Remember that you rarely 
spend any actual time working with DOS, 
so don 't let that scare you away from the 
PC. As for the user interface, you say you 
prefer the Mac; lots of people do— so 
many that Mac-like shells have become 
very popular on other environments. 
Windows 3. is a strong product in its 
own right, yet it feels enough like a Mac 
to encourage many products to be sup- 
ported on both platforms. 

I suggest that you take a look at Win- 
dows 3. and play around with it for a 
while. You have two products on your PC 
applications list that require a PC. All 
your Mac products have exact or close PC 
parallels. In your case, a PC running 
Windows might be the way to go, particu- 
larly since your job field seems to favor 
using PCs. 

That said, make sure you have enough 
computer. Windows and Windows appli- 
cations tend to be resource hogs, so don 't 
be stingy. A big hard disk drive (80 mega- 
bytes or bigger) is a definite must— the 
bigger and faster, the better. I further 
suggest a minimum of a 25-MHz 386- 
based machine with 4 MB of RAM if you 
plan on using Windows as a multitasker. 
If you go for the Mac, the llci would serve 
you well— again, with lots of RAM. Ideal- 
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wouldn't give up either.) Add-in cards 
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on your Mac, SoftPC is an interesting 
hack. Using the Mac 's 680xx, it emulates 
the 80x6 and PC BIOS to run DOS appli- 
cations. It works amazingly well, but it, 
too, is slower than the real thing. 

To sum up, the choice between archi- 
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driven by the applications you want to 
run and the environment you need to run 
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other kind. It's getting more and more 
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and an MS-DOS machine these days. 

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What Good Is a Backup? 

I have an IBM PS/2 Model 80 with two 
ESDI hard disk drives (one is 100 mega- 
bytes, the other 300 MB), an external 
5!4-inch 1.2-MB floppy disk drive, a 
mouse, and a 60-MB MaynStream (from 
Maynard Systems) tape backup system 
with version 2.2 of the tape backup 

My trouble is related to the tape backup 
system and the 100-MB hard disk drive. 
At the beginning of the month, I made an 
image backup of my C drive, and when I 
tried to restore the data after a disk crash, 
the software returned an Unable to find 
partition error message. I called the 
technical-support group of the company 
that sold me the MaynStream. 

The people I spoke with told me that I 
should perform a low-level format on the 
hard disk drive, repartition it into its 
original configuration, and try again. 
I'm using DOS 4.01, and the drive had 
only one partition, so that was easy. 
After reformatting, I reinstalled DOS 
and tried again. I still got the same error 

I then brought the tapes to the techni- 
cal-support people. They tried the same 
thing on one of their machines with the 
same result. Desperately— it is very pre- 
cious data— I contacted some people who 
also use MaynStream tapes, but they had 
never encountered such problems. 

Is the data on the tape lost, or is there a 
way to restore it? I never had any prob- 
lems before with the MaynStream, and it 
still works when I use the normal backup 
and restore utilities. What is the purpose 
of a backup system when you can't re- 
store the data on it? 

Vereecken Luc 
Leuven, Belgium 

The good news is that your tape is prob- 
ably recoverable. Unfortunately, it 's go- 

ing to cost you gobs of money. Maybe I 
should explain why. 

There are two ways a tape backup sys- 
tem can work. The file-by-file backup 
will walk through the file system and se- 
quentially copy each file that it encoun- 
ters onto a contiguous piece of tape. The 
file structure on the tape is created and 
maintained by the tape software and has 
nothing whatsoever to do with the com- 
puter's file system. The advantage here is 
that if the original disk is lost, any ma- 
chine, regardless of operating system, 
should be able to recover the data as long 
as its hard disk drive is big enough. 
Image backups work by scanning through 
the hard disk, sector by sector, and copy- 
ing an exact image of each sector without 
regard to its contents. On a DOS ma- 
chine, this will include the boot sectors, 
file allocation tables (FATs), directories, 
and files, as well as the location of any 
locked-out bad sectors. To restore an 
image tape, the hard disk drive has to be 
formatted in the same way, with the bad 
sectors identified and locked out in the 
same way they were before. Otherwise, 
the tape software may try to restore data 
onto a bad sector that wasn 't marked bad 
when the backup was made. 

If the restore disk has a different geom- 
etry or a different sector map than the 
original, the software won't be able to 
figure out where to put the data and will 
report the kind of error you found. I sus- 
pect that by reformatting the drive, you 
either marked additional bad sectors or 
freed up previously bad disk spots, there- 
by making the disk look different than it 

To recover your tape, someone is going 
to have to restore all the sectors, deter- 
mine what your drive geometry must have 
looked like, and reconstruct an entirely 
new disk based solely on the FATs and di- 
rectory information stored on the tape. 
It's an elaborate process, and it's not 
cheap. I spoke with Maynard techni- 
cians, who, while sympathetic to your 
plight, couldn 't offer any quick solutions. 

To answer your last question next, it 's 
never been remotely obvious to me why 
anyone would offer an image backup pro- 
gram when the chances of recovering 
data were so minimal. In fact, Maynard 
no longer provides an image backup facil- 
ity with the MaynStream, and most other 
vendors have dropped them, as well. In 
the future, don 't use the image backup fa- 
cility— erase that software from your disk 
and stick with the file-by-file stuff. And 
to be doubly safe, use your software's 
verification feature, or run a full tape 
verify to make sure that the tape is read- 

The Maynard folks suggested that you 
might want to send your tape to one of the 
many file recovery services. They sug- 
gested X-Late (P.O. Box 161, Lake 
Elmo, MN 55042, (612) 770-8087) as 
one company you might try. Prices vary, 
but recovery costs could run up to $100 
per megabyte of data, depending on how 
much work is involved. — H. E. 

Sparing the Sperry 

I have a five-year-old Sperry 286 com- 
puter. It has an EGA, a 5 ^-inch 1 .2-MB 
floppy disk drive, and a 30-MB hard disk 
drive. The hard/floppy disk drive con- 
troller circuit is on the motherboard. 

I want to add a 3 !/2-inch 1 .44-MB flop- 
py disk drive. I have tried updating the 
installed Sperry DOS to MS-DOS 3.3 
and PC-DOS 3.3. In both cases, I could 
address drive B and do a DIR that sort of 
worked. But I could not make the 3!/2- 
inch drive format a floppy disk no matter 
what I tried. Neither the Norton Utilities 
nor PC Tools would recognize drive B. 

I suspect the outdated BIOS chips, but 
because I deal primarily with generic 
clones, I have no idea where to look to 
find out. 

Could you help me with information 
on this upgrade? If new chips are re- 
quired, I'd like to know where I can find 

Vern De Fehr 
Fresno, CA 

Due to the age of your computer, your 
suspicions concerning the BIOS ROM are 
probably correct. 

Sperry Computers was bought out by 
Unisys (P.O. Box 500, Blue Bell, PA 
19424). Unisys still supports Sperry 
computers. You can order parts by calling 
(800) 448-1424. The parts technicians 
will need to know the model number on 
the motherboard of your Sperry 286. 

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Light Portables 
Take Flight 

NEC Technologies has 
launched the UltraLite 
286V, a 6% -pound 12-MHz 
notebook computer. The sys- 
tem comes with 1 MB of 
RAM (expandable to 2 or 5 
MB), a 3 Vi -inch 1.44-MB 
external floppy disk drive, and 
a 20-MB hard disk drive. 

The system also features a 
10-inch backlit screen with 
640- by 480-pixel VGA reso- 
lution. The removable battery 
cartridge system provides up 
to 2Vi hours of power; the sys- 
tem also comes with an auto- 
sensing/auto-switching AC 
power supply that works with 
both U.S. and international 
power systems. 

The system measures 9 l / 2 
by 12% by V/ XQ inches. Options 
include a 2400-bps modem, a 
send/receive fax modem, and 
a SCSI adapter. 
Price: $3999. 
Contact: NEC Technol- 
ogies, Inc., 1255 Michael Dr., 
Wood Dale, IL 60191, (708) 
Inquiry 1271. 

The Samsung S3600 is a 12-MHz laptop with a 40-MB hard disk 
drive and a VGA-compatible screen. 

The Samsung S3600, like 
the NEC UltraLite 286V, 
comes with a 286 processor, 
1MB of RAM, alVi-'mch 
1.44-MB floppy disk drive, 
and a VGA screen. But the 
Samsung weighs in at a hefty 
16 pounds, including its 

The S3600 comes with a 
rechargeable nickel-cadmium 
battery that provides 3 hours 
of power, a battery charger, 
and a power management 
feature similar to the 
UltraLite' s. 

Options include LapLink 

III software, a 2400-bps 
modem, and a carrying 

Price: With 40-MB hard disk 
drive, $3499. 

Contact: Samsung Informa- 
tion Systems America, Inc., 
3655 North First St., San 
Jose, CA 95134, (800) 624- 
8999 ext. 851. 
Inquiry 1272. 

386SX Systems 
with Windows 
on the Side 

The Mitac MPC2386E is 
a basic 20-MHz 386SX 
system with an option for 
Super VGA graphics. The sys- 
tem comes with Windows 
3.0, a mouse, and 1 MB of 
RAM (expandable to 4 or 8 

The system is sold without 
any disk drives but has room 
for both 5 Va- and 3 Vi-inch 
floppy disk drives. 

Price: $2395. 
Contact: American Mitac 
Corp .,410 East Plumeria Dr. , 
San Jose, CA 95134, (800) 
648-2287 or (408) 432-1160. 
Inquiry 1273. 

The Eltech 2200 is an- 
other 20-MHz 386SX sys- 
tem that comes with Win- 
dows 3.0 installed. It includes 
2 MB of RAM (expandable 
to 8 MB), 5V4- and 3 Vi -inch 
floppy disk drives, a 40-MB 
hard disk drive, a VGA card 
and monitor, a mouse, and 
DOS 4.01. 
Price: $2199. 
Contact: Eltech Research, 
Inc., 47266 Benicia St., 
Fremont, CA 94538, (800) 
234-4331 or (415) 438-0990. 
Inquiry 1274. 

Going for the 

GoldStar Technology's 
based system with 1 MB of 
RAM and 16-bit VGA capabil- 
ity for under $1000. The 
base system has an Intelligent 
Drive Electronics interface 
and VGA capability built into 
the motherboard. It also in- 
cludes a dual floppy disk drive 
controller; serial, parallel, 
and mouse ports; and DOS 
4.01. The system measures 4 
by 15 by 15*/2 inches. 
Price: $995. 

Contact: GoldStar Technol- 
ogy, Inc., 3003 North First 
St., San Jose, CA 95134, 
Inquiry 1275. 

Mitac 's 20-MHz 386SX comes with Windows 3. installed along 
with a mouse and more. 


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HP Does It 
Again for Less 

Hewlett-Packard's Laser- 
Jet HID is its second 
printer with the HP PCL 5 
printer language and HP Reso- 
lution Enhancement technol- 
ogy. This 300-dpi, 8-ppm 
LaserJet is compatible with 
the III and IID and replaces 
the IID, according to HP. 

Like the IID, the HID of- 
fers double-sided printing and 
the same internal bit-mapped 
typefaces as the IIP (i.e., Cou- 
rier and Line Printer). Two 
font-cartridge slots give you 
the option of plugging in 
fonts, typefaces, and Post- 
Script cartridges. 

Also like the IID, the HID 
comes with two letter-size 
paper trays for an input ca- 
pacity of 400 sheets. An auto- 
matic envelope feeder is 
available for the HID. In addi- 
tion, the HID comes with 1 
MB of memory and two slots 
for memory upgrade boards. 

HP's Resolution Enhance- 
ment technology adjusts the 
position and size of dots to 
smooth the jaggies of 300-dpi 

The HP LaserJet HID laser printer offers low-cost printing for 
high-volume users. 

printing. The PCL 5 printer 
language uses Intellifont font- 
scaling technology from 
Agfa, which allows the printer 
to scale typefaces on the fly. 
Price: $3595. 
Contact: Hewlett-Packard 
Co. Inquiries, 19310 Prune- 
ridge Ave., Cupertino, CA 
95014, (800) 752-0900. 
Inquiry 1276. 

disk drive with 0.5 MB of 


Contact: Supra Corp., 1133 

Commercial Way, Albany, OR 

97321, (800) 727-8772 or 


Inquiry 1277. 

SupraDrive 500XPfor the 

Hard Disk Drive 
Gives RAM 
to the Amiga 

Th e SupraDrive 500XP 
for the Amiga 500 com- 
bines a 20-MB hard disk 
drive and installed RAM. The 
drive consumes less than 4 W 
of power and does not require 
fans or external power, ac- 
cording to Supra. 

The RAM is installed on 
the 500XP board in DRAM 
chips in configurations of 
0.5, 1, or 2 MB of RAM with 
256K- by 4-bit DIP DRAM 
chips, or in configurations of 
2, 4, or 8 MB with an add-on 
RAM board using 1 -megabit 
by 4-bit DRAM chips. The 
drive plugs into the Amiga's 
expansion port. 
Price: $679 for a minimum 
configuration (20-MB hard 

Low-Cost Video 
Printer from Sony 

The UP-3000 prints with 
256 levels of color from a 
palette of over 16 million 
colors per pixel at more than 
500 TV lines of horizontal 
resolution in a 4- by 3-inch 

The printer has a one- 
frame memory and uses RGB 
8-bit digital signal processing 
and advanced color-dye-trans- 
fer thermal printing technol- 
ogy. In normal scanning 
mode, the printer produces a 

picture about the size of a 
35mm photo on an A6 page. 
It has an RS-232C interface 
and accepts and outputs RGB 
analog, composite video, and 
S-video signals. 
Price: $3999. 
Contact: Sony Corp. of 
America, 9 West 57th St. , 
New York, NY 10019, (212) 
Inquiry 1278. 

An 851 4/A 
VGA Monitor 

The ViewSonic 4 is a 
multiple-frequency VGA 
monitor that has a multiscan- 
ning frequency of from 20 to 
38 kHz and a presetting 
function. The monitor features 

auto-sizing controls and a 
nonglare 14-inch screen on a 
tilt-and-swivel base. 
Price: $599. 

Contact: ViewSonic, 12130 
Mora Dr. , Santa Fe Springs, 
CA 90670, (213)944-3041. 
Inquiry 1279. 

Sony 's UP-3000 turns video to color hard copy. 

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Orange Micro Lets 
You Mix Apples 
with DOS and OS/2 

The Orange386, a single- 
slot coprocessor card that 
works in any Mac II, features 
an on-board 16-MHz Intel 
386SX. With the card in 
place, you can run OS/2 and 
DOS applications in a Mac 
window as if they were Mac 
applications, according to 
Orange Micro. 

The Orange386 has two 
AT slots so you can install any 
IBM add-on card on it; you 
can also add an 80387 math 
coprocessor. Other features 
of the Orange386 card include 
PC interface hardware for 
serial, parallel, 1.2-MB floppy 
disk drive, and Intelligent 
Drive Electronics ports. This 
lets you connect almost any 
PC-type peripheral to the 

Price: $2295. 
Contact: Orange Micro, 
Inc., 1400 North Lakeview 
Ave., Anaheim, CA 92807, 
Inquiry 1280. 

Basic VGA for Less 
Than $99 

A full 16 bits on a com- 
pact VGA card is what 
you get for $99 with ATI's 
VGABASIC-16. The card uses 
a proprietary application-spe- 
cific IC that makes it over 
three times faster than com- 
petitors' cards, ATI says. 
The VGABASIC-16 is 
compatible with CGA, EGA, 
VGA, Hercules, and MDA. It 
has a 16-bit bus design but also 
supports an 8-bit bus. It mea- 
sures 6 Va by 2 3 A inches, 


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The Orange386 puts a powerful PC in your Mac. 

which, ATI says, makes it the 

smallest VGA card in the 


Price: $99. 

Contact: ATI Technologies, 

Inc., 3761 Victoria Park 

Ave., Scarborough, Ontario, 

Canada M1W3S2, (416) 


Inquiry 1281. 

Mac DSP Boards 
Meet Your Floating- 
Point Needs 

Spectral Innovations is 
offering floating-point 
digital signal processing 
(DSP) boards for the Mac II 
and SE/30. 

The boards provide a peak 
performance of 32 MFLOPS 
and feature NuBus and pro- 
cessor direct slot (PDS) com- 
patibility. The bus interface 

for the board includes a 5- 
MBps DMA mode that lets 
you transfer programs and data 
between Mac and MacDSP 
local memory without inter- 
rupting MacDSP program 

The boards, based on 
AT&T's DSP32C DSP, have an 
integrated DMA controller 
that performs IEEE-compat- 
ible 32-bit floating-point 
arithmetic. The higher-end 
board, the MacDSPAP, is de- 
signed for memory-intensive 
array-processing applications 
such as image processing, 3-D 
modeling, graphics anima- 
tion, and PostScript accelera- 
tion. It provides from 64K 
bytes to 1 MB of zero-wait- 
state RAM. 

The lower-cost board, the 
MacDSPXI, is designed for 
signal-processing applica- 
tions where cost is a factor. 
This board features built-in 

16-bit A/D and D/A converters 
with a sample rate of 128 
kHz, and it performs at up to 

Both boards are available 
with C development environ- 
ments, which include a com- 
piler, an assembler, a simula- 
tor, and a linker. The boards 
are also compatible with Spec- 
tral Innovations' signal 
analysis program. 
Price: MacDSPAP, $4994; 
MacDSPXI, $2895; C develop- 
ment environment, $1500. 
Contact: Spectral Innova- 
tions, 4633 Old Ironsides Dr., 
Suite 450, Santa Clara, CA 
Inquiry 1282. 

Oscilloscope Card 
with a 256K-byte 
Storage Buffer 

Soltec says that its SCC- 
1220 digital storage oscil- 
loscope card is the first inte- 
grated scope with a 256K-byte 
storage buffer. 

The card has a sampling 
frequency of from 40 MHz to 
1 Hz. It is capable of simulta- 
neous sampling on two chan- 
nels at up to 20 MHz per 
channel. All features, func- 
tions, and setup parameters 
are selectable from menu- 
driven software called PC- 

You can capture single 
events unattended by setting 
the trigger on the card. You 
can also zero in on prototype 
faults, which enables fault 
analysis, according to Soltec. 

The card installs in a sin- 
gle slot in an XT or AT. 
Price: $1300. 
Contact: Soltec Corp., Sol 
Vista Park, 1 2977 Arroyo St. , 
San Fernando, CA 91340, 
(800) 423-2344 or (818) 
Inquiry 1283. 

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Click and Play 
from the 
Mac Jukebox 

The MacJukebox, which 
consists of an infrared in- 
terface box, a Macintosh 
Plus, software, and cables, lets 
you remotely control your in- 
frared peripherals (e.g., TVs 
and compact disk players). 
The interface box includes an 
infrared receiver, a transmit- 
ter, and the connections to 
hook it up to the serial port 
of the Mac Plus. 

Using the software pro- 
vided, you can control infrared 
peripherals with the click of 
a button after you've converted 
command sequences to 
macros, and you can link the 
macros to a set time or event. 
The software also gives you 
extensive organizing capabil- 
ities, such as listing all your 
CDs by artist or song title. 
Then when you click on a song 
or series of songs, your selec- 
tions will play in sequence just 
as on a jukebox. 
Price: $1599; without the 
Mac Plus, $599. 
Contact: DanCraft Enter- 
prises, 5520 West 1 18th Place, 
Inglewood, CA 90304, (213) 
Inquiry 1284. 


The QuintProcessor 
board can add up to 
67.5 MIPS performance to 
the NeXT machine, accord- 
ing to Ariel. The board fea- 
tures five 27-MHz digital 
signal processors. The DSP 
chips are the same as those 
installed on the NeXT sys- 
tem's processor. Four are 
used as slave processors for 
computation, while the fifth 
is an I/O processor that man- 
ages DRAM, SCSI storage, 
and interprocessor commu- 


The QuintProcessor is 
compatible with Ariel's 
BUG-56, a debugger bun- 
dled with the NeXT. 

The QuintProcessor has 
five DSP ports and can be 
connected to Ariel's digital 
microphone for recording 
andsignal analysis. 
Price: $6995. 

Contact: Ariel Corp., 433 
River Rd., Highland Park, 
NJ 08904, (201) 249-2900. 
Inquiry 1287. 

Second Wave 's line of expansion chassis systems gives you the 
ability to expand your Mac Portable, Plus, SE, or II. With the 
Home Base, for example, you are able to add two slots to your 
Mac Portable. 

Expansion Chassis 
Systems for Macs 

Second Wave's line of 
Expanse expansion chas- 
sis systems lets you add to 
your Macintosh. The Home 
Base, the chassis for the Mac 
Portable, fits under the ma- 
chine and contains two slots 
for standard SE option cards, 
enabling you to get more out 
of your Portable when it's 
parked on your desk at home 
or in the office. 

Other Expanse chassis sys- 
tems include the Plus, which 
adds four SE slots to the Mac 
Plus; the SE chassis, which 

adds four SE slots to the Mac 
SE; and the SE/30 chassis, 
which adds four NuBus slots 
to the Mac SE/30. Other chas- 
sis are available for the Mac 
II family. 

All the chassis connect to 
the Macs through an interface 
card and cable assembly. 
Each chassis has a power sup- 
ply, a cooling fan, and the 
slots. The NuBus chassis can 
accommodate internal disk 
drives, according to Second 

Price: Home Base, $995; SE 
Plus, $795; SE, $995; SE/30, 

Contact: Second Wave, Inc., 
9430 Research Blvd., Echelon 
II, Suite 260, Austin, TX 
Inquiry 1285. 

Speak into the 

Micro Intro Voice is a 
modular speech-process- 
ing system that comes with a 
microprocessor and has the 
ability to recognize up to 
1000 words. The manufacturer 
reports a recognition accu- 
racy of more than 98 percent. 

Micro Intro Voice listens to 
command or data input. It then 
responds by sending key- 
strokes via the serial port and 
text to the on-board synthe- 
sizer for audio prompting. 

The voice system works 
with any IBM PC or compat- 
ible, according to the manu- 
facturer. It comes with soft- 
ware, sample vocabularies, a 
battery charger, and a serial 

The NEC V-25 micropro- 
cessor operates at 8 MHz and 
comes with 1 28K bytes of 

Price: $1295. 
Contact: Voice Connexion, 
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Operate your own BBS 

with the world's most popular, expandable, flexible 

Multi-User Online Bulletin Board System 

The Major BBS® 
starter system: 

A complete BBS software package for your 
PC, PS/2, XT, AT, 386, 486, or compatible. 
Includes electronic mail with binary and 
ASCII file "attachments", SIG conferencing 
or "forum" areas with configurable security 
level access control, file upload/download, 
message keyword searching, "quickscans" for 
fast access to new messages, message and file 
"threading", real-time multi-user "chat" and 
teleconferencing, "classified ad" and "user 
registry" databases, etc. Also includes ac- 
counting, Audit Trail, and timed usage-meter- 
ing features, and hundreds of convenience 
features for the Sysop (System Operator), 
such as a full-screen configuration editor, the 
ability to import/export files to/from floppy 
without system shutdown, "SIG-Op" privi- 
lege delegation, and much more. Supports up 
to 2 simultaneous users (from a database of 
thousands) on a single CPU. Works with stan- 
dard Hayes-compatible COM1/2/3/4 internal 
or external modems, or with serial ports up to 
38,400 bps. Minimum RAM requirement 
5 12K. Minimum disk requirement 20MB. Re- 
quires PC-DOS or MS-DOS 3.1 or later. 
The Major BBS Standard Edition $ 59 

When you're ready to expand: 

No LAN or multi-tasking OS necessary! Dou- 
ble the number of simultaneous users that 
your system can support, from 2 to 4, or 4 to 
8, or any number up to 64 simultaneous users 
on a single CPU, for a flat $300 software 
license fee per doubling. The upgrade process 
is quick, automatic, and fully upward -compat- 
ible— i.e. you can install an update or upgrade 
onto your existing system without disrupting 
any of your user account files, E-Mail mes- 
sages, configuration variables, or any other 
aspect of your system. For up to 16 users, 
640K RAM is sufficient; above 16 users, more 
than 640K may be necessary. Prerequisite: 
The Major BBS (any edition). 
Users, per doubling (up to 64) $ 300 

If you need multi-modem hardware: 

Our Model 2408 consists of up to 8 Hayes- 
compatible modems on a single circuit card, 
for the PC/XT/AT/386/486 family. Each 
modem operates independently at 
300/1200/2400 bps (automatically switching 
to match the caller's bps rate). Built-in serial 
ports are not COM-port based, so this card can 
co-exist with other COM port hardware in the 
same machine (drivers for software other than 
The Major BBS are not included but may be 
written). RJ-11 telephone cables are included. 
MNP Class 4 (error correction) modems are 

available as an option. 


non-MNP Class 4 

2408 w/2 modems $ 1536 $ 1696 

2408 w/4 modems $ 2090 $ 2388 

2408 w/6 modems $ 2644 $ 3080 

2408 w/8 modems $ 3198 $ 3772 

utility object libraries, linker control files, and 
DOS "batch" files you will need, along with a 
detailed Programmer's Guide. Works with 
Turbo C 1.5, 2.0, or 2.01, Turbo C++, or 
Microsoft C 4.0, 5.1, or 6.0. Prerequisite: The 
Major BBS Standard Edition. 
Standard Edition C source code $ 285 

For the ultimate in 
file transfer flexibility: 

The File Library Edition of The Major BBS 
has everything that the starter system does, 
plus built-in ZMODEM, KERMIT, Super- 
(batch) file transfer protocols. Also, it offers 
super-fast pre-indexed keyword file searches, 
library -wide searches as well as constrained 
searches, special file upload/download ac- 
counting options, alternate DOS "paths" per 
sub-library, split paths for CD-ROM support, 
a transparent "DOS-only" sub-library option, 
and much more. This package is for you if the 
focus of your system will be the upload and 
download of large amounts of files. You can 
easily upgrade from the starter system to the 
File Library Edition, without losing any of 
your data files or configuration work you have 
already done. Prerequisite: The Major BBS 
Standard Edition. 

File Library extensions $ 199 

File Library C source extensions* ... $ 159 

When you're ready for source code: 

With the C sourcecode to The Major BBS, you 
can add 3rd-party software, such as The Major 
Database (a general-purpose, configurable 
database manager), various multi-player real- 
time adventure games, dial-out utilities, global 
command utilities, accounting enhancements, 
and much more. Also, you can maintain your 
own copy of the BBS, or you can modify it to 
suit your own unique requirements. The Major 
BBS C source code package is fully docu- 
mented, and it includes the Galacticomm Soft- 
ware Breakthrough Library, plus all of the 

If you decide to offer 

online games and amusements: 

The Entertainment Edition of The Major BBS 
has everything that the starter system does, 
plus Quest for Magic (a multi-player interac- 
tive text adventure game), Androids! (a multi- 
player arcade-style ANSI-graphics game), 
Flash Attack (a futuristic tank and laser battle 
for multiple players with IBM PC's), and the 
Action Teleconference Link-Up, which in- 
cludes private "chambers", action verbs (grin, 
wink, nudge, etc.), the ability to link to other 
systems for huge multi-system tele- 
conferences, custom en try /exit strings, user- 
configurable profiles, and much more. This 
Edition supports the Flash™ Protocol (where 
most of the game functionality is on the user's 

end of the phone line), for which dozens of 
incredible new multi-user games are now 
being developed. Upgrading from the starter 
system to the Entertainment Edition is quick 

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and easy and involves no loss of data or func- 
tion. Prerequisite: The Major BBS Standard 

Entertainment extensions $ 149 

Entertainment C source extensions* . . $ 1 29 

If your requirements include 
order entry and catalog sales: 

The Shopping Mall Edition of The Major BBS 
has everything that the starter system does, 
plus online shopping. Your online mall can 
have multiple "stores", each run by its own 
separate "merchant", if desired. Each mer- 
chant has control over his or her own product 
line, pricing, discount structure, store wel- 
come message, sales tax handling, etc. Also, 
each merchant may create up to 6 different 
payment methods (e.g. VISA, MC, AMEX, 
C.O.D., "bill me", etc.), and up to 6 different 
shipping methods (e.g. UPS, FedEx, US Mail, 
etc.), each with its own rates (flat rate, percent 
of sale, lst-ounce/add'1-ounce, or lst-pound/ 
add'l-pound). Users may browse product cat- 
alogs at no obligation, or order products and 
services directly online! Orders generate in- 
voices that are posted to the individual mer- 
chant as attachments to E-Mail. To upgrade 
from the starter system to the Shopping Mall 
Edition takes only a few minutes. Prerequisite: 
The Major BBS Standard Edition. 

Shopping Mall extensions $ 249 

Shopping Mall C source extensions*. . $ 1 89 

For super- flexibility of 

menu trees and ANSI screens: 

The MenuMan Edition of The Major BBS can 
do everything that the starter system does, and 
in addition you as Sysop can create your own 
menu trees, with menus leading to menus lead- 
ing to menus, as deeply "nested" as you like. 
The "leaves" of your menu trees can be ordi- 
nary ASCII or ANSI files, which are simply 
dumped to the user's display (with or without 
automatic screen breaks), or they can be any 
of the built-in functions of the BBS such as 
scanning the user's incoming E-Mail or firing 
up a SIG quickscan. Includes commands like 
GO <pagename>, FIND <topic>, USERS, 
and for the Sysop, the equivalent of the DOS 
commands DIR, RENAME, COPY, DEL, 
MKDIR, and RMDIR, as well as a set of priv- 
ileged commands for editing and extending 
the menu trees, remotely, while the BBS re- 
mains fully online. Upgrading from the starter 
system to the MenuMan Edition takes only 
minutes. Prerequisite: The Major BBS Stan- 
dard Edition. 

MenuMan extensions $ 149 

MenuMan C source extensions* .... $ 1 29 

...and that's not all! For advanced applica- 
tions, we also offer an X.25 direct-connect 
software option, a protected-mode develop- 
ment toolkit, and special licensing arrange- 
ments for up to 256 simultaneous users! And 
don't forget the smorgasbord of 3rd-party 
add-ons available, such as The Major Data- 
base from Galactic Innovations. Custom pro- 
gramming and integration services are also 
available. Your system can grow in power and 
sophistication, far into the future, with The 
Major BBS. 

Here's How To Order: 

Just dial (305) 583-5990 and say, "I'd like 
to place an order!" We can generally ship your 
order within 48 hours. We accept major credit 
cards, or we can ship C.O.D. Prices shown do 
not include shipping or insurance. 

For more information, you may either call 
the main order number and ask for a sales 
engineer, or dial (305) 583-7808 with your 
modem (8-N-l) for a free demo of most of our 
products. This demo system also contains an 
online Shopping Mall with many of the 3rd- 
party add-ons available for The Major BBS, 
operated by the 3rd-party vendors themselves. 

Give us a call today ! 



As your system grows larger... 

The GalactiBox™ is our 16-slot "expansion 
chassis", for large-scale systems. It has the 
unique ability to address individual modems 
by slot number rather than just COM port 
address, so you can use up to 16 standard 
internal modems in it, side by side, without 
conflict. Includes built-in 150W power sup- 
ply, interface card for your XT/AT/3 86/486, 
cables, and full documentation. Up to 4 boxes 
may be attached to one CPU, for a total of up 
to 64-channel expansion capacity. Prices 
shown below are for standard 300/1200/2400 
bps Hayes-compatible internal modems. We 
also have 9600 bps V32/V.42 MNP Class 5 
modems available, call for prices. 

GalactiBox (unpopulated) $ 1992 

GalactiBox w/4 modems $ 2416 

GalactiBox w/8 modems $ 2840 

GalactiBox w 1 16 modems $ 3688 the corresponding extended Edition, 

The Major BBS, Flash Protocol, and GalactiBox are trademarks of 
Galacticomm, Inc. PC, PS/2, XX AT, and PC-DOS are trademarks of 
International Business Machines Corp. Hayes is a trademark of Hayes 
Microcomputer Products, Inc. The Major Database is a trademark of 
Galactic Innovations, Inc. lurbo C and TUrbo C++ are trademarks of 
Borland International, Inc. MS-DOS and Microsoft C are trademarks of 
Miciosoft Corp. UPS is a trademark of United Parcel Service. FedEx is a 
trademark of Federal Express Corp. MNP is a trademark of Microcom, Inc. 

*The C source code extensions are necessary, if 
you wish to combine multiple extended Editions 
together, or add 3rd-party software, or develop 
your own modifications. Prerequisites, in each 
case, are the Standard Edition C source code, and 


Galacticomm, Inc. 4101 S.W. 47 Ave. 
Suite 101, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 

Modem: (305) 583-7808 

Fax: (305) 583-7846 

Voice: (305) 583-5990 

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in a Box 

The LANPORT-II box, 
which is smaller than 
most external modems, lets 
you dial in to your Novell net- 
work from remote sites. You 
can hook LANPORT-II any- 
where along your network ca- 
bling, according to Microtest. 

(which measures 4 by 7 V2 by 1 
inch) includes a built-in net- 
work interface, RAM, ROM, 
asynchronous communica- 
tions firmware, two serial 
ports, and software. It's 
compatible with terminal emu- 
lation programs such as Pro- 
comm and Crosstalk, and it 
works with PCs, Macs, 
mainframes, and other ASCII 

Three levels of security are 
included in LANPORT-II. 
When you call in to the net- 
work, LANPORT-II answers 
the call, prompts you to log 
on, and requests your pass- 
word. Once you're logged 
onto the file server, you're pre- 
sented with a menu of op- 
tions, and LANPORT-II be- 
comes transparent. 

LANPORT's two serial 
ports operate at up to 19,200 
bps, allowing multiple users 
to share modems. With LAN- 
PORT's network interface, 
you don't need a dedicated 
communications server on 
the network, as you do with 
other remote communica- 
tions devices. With the option- 
al On-Link feature, you don't 
need a computer up and run- 
ning on the network to use 
LANPORT-II— you can power 
up remotely. 
Price: $495 to $695. 
Contact: Microtest, 3519 
East Shea Blvd., Suite 134, 
Phoenix, AZ 85028, (602) 
Inquiry 1288. 

LANPORT-II lets you dial into your LAN without the need for a 
PC communications server. 

Putting Windows 
on the Network 

Windows Workstation 3 
bridges the Windows 
3.0 user interface and your 
Novell NetWare LAN. The 
software consists of seven 
utilities that enhance the 
network features of Win- 
dows 3.0. 

The Workstation Print 
Manager brings network print- 
ing capabilities to Windows 
applications. Secure Station 
provides transparent security 
for network workstations and 
offers file encryption/ 
decryption capabilities. The 
Workstation Intercom lets you 

receive and send messages to 
users and groups of users 
across multiple file servers. 
You use the Workstation Clock 
to set multiple alarm mes- 
sages and events to occur at 
user-specified times and 

Windows Workstation 
3 is compatible with Novell 
NetWare 286 2.1 and higher. 
To run the utilities you 
need Windows 3.0 and at 
least 1 MB of RAM on each 

Price: $695 for a 10-user 

Contact: Automated Design 
Systems, Inc., 375 Northridge 
Rd., Suite 270, Atlanta, GA 
30350, (404) 394-2552. 
Inquiry 1289. 

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Getting the Most 
from Your Fax 

Ricoh's DX-1 Fax Adapt- 
er and communication 
software, compatible with 
PCs, Macs, and laptops, lets 
you use your Group 3 fax as a 
printer, scanner, copier, or just 
a fax. DX-1 software is avail- 
able for controlling the fax, 
scanning, printing, and copy- 
ing capabilities. 
Price: $799; DX-1 software, 

Contact: Ricoh Corp., 5 De- 
drick Place, West Caldwell, NJ 
07006, (800) 637-4264 or 
(201) 882-2000. 
Inquiry 1290. 

The Mirror III dialing directory features pull-down menus and 
can be operated with a keyboard or mouse. 

Mirror III 
Gets a Boost 

The communications pro- 
gram for PCs called Mir- 
ror III is now enhanced with 
several new features, including 
a dialing directory interface 
and mouse support, according 
to SoftKlone. Also new are 
scripts for several on-line ser- 
vices, including BIX. Version 
2.0 also offers ZMODEM and 
XMODEM file transfer pro- 
tocols and support for MNP 5. 

To take advantage of the 
MNP session/data compression 
protocol, you must have an 
MNP modem. However, users 
without MNP modems can 
still use Mirror III software. 

Additions and extensions 
to the Prism communications 
programming language in- 
clude mouse support for Prism 
scripts, parameter passing, 
drawing enhancements, and 
several new commands. 
Price: $149. 
Contact: SoftKlone, 327 
Office Plaza Dr. , Suite 100, 
Tallahassee, FL 32301, 
(904) 878-8564. 
Inquiry 1291. 



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Not too long ago, a few dozen people sharing the same pro- 
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the same time meant only one thing — a mainframe. 

Powerful, big, expensive, and proprietary. 

More recently, the same people could be found doing exactly the 
same things — simultaneously sharing programs, resources, and 
information — on a minicomputer. 

A lot cheaper, a lot smaller, yet powerful enough to do the same 
jobs. And just as proprietary. 

T'hen along came the latest generation of personal computers. 
And now, the same people are more and more likely to be 
found doing exactly the same things — simultaneously sharing 
programs, resources, and information — on a PC. 

And not a whole off iceful of PCs networked together, either, but 
a single PC powering the whole office at once. 

A lot cheaper, a lot smaller, yet still easily enough to do 
the same jobs. Built to non-proprietary, open system standards 
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Two Reasons Why Toshiba Sells 


t Toshiba, we think that designing a portable computer to fit real live 
human beings can make the difference between a computer you 


love and a computer 
you merely tolerate. 
So that's ex- 
actly what we think 
about when we design 
our portable PCs. 

Chances are, you're already used to our comfortable, full- 
function keyboard. That's because the keys are the exact size 
and shape you expect them to be. 

And the public has told us we were right in our 
thinking. In fact, according to PC Magazine, 
Toshiba portables rank number one in cus- 
tomer satisfaction. 

Take our T1200XE notebook PC, for 

example. You'll notice how our unique 

screen technology 

makes it easy to read 

under virtually all 

lighting conditions, 

no matter where 

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More Portables Than Anyone Else. 

Next, you'll find the keyboard to be immediately familiar, 
since it's what you're already used to. All of the key 
spacing and sizes are standard. 

You'll also discover plenty of processing 
power packed into the 286-based T1200XE. 
And the 20MB hard drive means you can 
keep all your programs and files right 
where you need them. With you. 
• Plus, you'll undoubtedly 
appreciate the T1200XE's other humane 
features like a slim line battery pack and 
AutoResumel" which lets you pick up exactly where you left off. 
No grand reopening of the system, program and file every time you want 
to start work again. 

The only thing you'll notice we've 
skimped on is size and weight. After all, what 
good is a portable if you can't take it with you? 

With notebooks like the T1200XE it 

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the only one who recognizes a good thing when they see it. 

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Mac DAT 
Runs Alone 

Mirror Technologies has 
introduced the T 1200 
DAT Drive, an external 1.3- 
gigabyte digital audiotape 
drive for Macs. The T 1200 
supports unattended backup 
and network backup and con- 
forms to the digital data stor- 
age (DDS) recording format 

With the included Sof t- 
BackUp software, you can pro- 
gram the T1200 for 2 hours 
of unattended operation. This 
means that it can perform 
backup for up to 2 hours and 
then shut down, freeing the 
system or network for other 
Price: $2997. 
Contact: Mirror Technol- 
ogies, Inc., 2644 Patton Rd., 
Roseville,MN55113, (612) 
Inquiry 1292. 

Integrated System 
for NetWare 

FlexCom offers a hard- 
ware/software asynchro- 
nous communications solu- 
tion for NetWare-based LANs. 

Mirror's T1200 DAT drive offers Mac users unattended 
backups, 1. 3 gigabytes of storage, and high-speed access to data. 

The system supports dial-in 
and dial-out access on each 
communications line and 
provides a separate processor 
for each dial-in or remote-ac- 
cess user. With FlexCom, you 
also get as much as 550K 
bytes of RAM for applications, 
EGA-level graphics, and up 
to 1 MB of expanded or ex- 
tended memory. 

Version 1 . 1 of the software 
features reduced memory over- 
head for dial-in users, ex- 
tended management capability 
for dial-out lines, user-ex- 
tendable activity logging, and 
line-by-line modem ini- 

The server base units can 
handle from two to 36 lines, 
and a rack-mounted version 
handles up to 44 lines. Each 

server includes a network 
adapter (Ethernet, Token 
Ring, or ARCnet) and comes 
with the FlexCom/Manager 
administration software. 
Two communications proces- 
sor kits are available for the 
server base unit. The kits come 
with FlexCom/CPX software 
and pcAnywhere III remote- 
access software programs. 
Price: $3000 and up, includ- 
ing all hardware and software. 
Contact: Evergreen Systems, 
Inc., 120 Landing Court, Suite 
A, Novato, CA 94945, (415) 
Inquiry 1293. 

Accton 's pocket-size adapter plugs into your portable 's parallel 
port and turns it into an Ethernet workstation. 

LAN Adapter 

You can convert your por- 
table computer into an 
Ethernet workstation with a 
pocket-size LAN adapter from 
Accton Technology. 

The EtherPocket adapter, 
which measures 3% by % by 
2 l / 4 inches, is used in place of 
a network interface card. It 
comes with its own power 
adapter and attaches to the 
portable's parallel port. 
Price: $499. 

Contact: Accton Technology 
Corp . , 46750 Fremont Blvd . , 
Suite 104, Fremont, CA 
94538, (415) 226-9800. 
Inquiry 1294. 

and Practical 

The PM 9600 SA modem 
(a 9600-bps stand-alone 
modem) features automatic 
correct connection with remote 
mode, V. 42 and MNP 4 
error correction, V.42bis and 
MNP 5 data compression, 
and command and data rates of 
from 75 to 38,400 bps. It is 
also Hayes compatible. 
Price: $699. 

Contact: Practical Periph- 
erals, Inc., 31245 LaBaya 
Dr., Westlake Village, CA 
Inquiry 1295. 

1-2-3/G Ships 
Server and Node 

Lotus 1-2-3/G, the graph- 
ical version of the 1-2-3 
spreadsheet program, is now 
available in standard, server, 
and node editions. 

Lotus 1-2-3/G retains the 
familiar 1-2-3 commands but 
runs under OS/2 and adds a 
goal-seeking technology called 
Solver. Solver automates the 
what-if process and shows you 
how to achieve desired 

The server edition supplies 
administrators with tools for 
easier network management, 
according to Lotus. The node 
edition lets you have an addi- 
tional concurrent 1-2-3/G user 
on the network. It includes a 
single license for network use. 

1-2-3/G runs on a PC with 
at least 5 MB of RAM for net- 
work versions. It runs under 
OS/2 1 . 1 or higher and is com- 
patible with IBM, 3Com, and 
Novell networks. 
Price: Server edition, $895; 
node edition, $595. 
Contact: Lotus Development 
Corp., 55 Cambridge Pkwy., 
Cambridge, MA 02142, 
(617) 577-8500. 
Inquiry 1296. 


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Mechanical Designs 
on the Sun 

Applied Motion, a 3-D 
program for mechanical 
engineers who work on Sun-3 
and Sun-4 workstations, in- 
cludes an automatic design 
feature that lets them evaluate 
several alternatives. The pro- 
gram provides static, kinemat- 
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namic analyses in a 3-D 
environment. An engineer 
who needs to know the reac- 
tion loads of joints in a mech- 
anism, for example, can use 
Applied Motion to compute 
the loads and, using the design 
sensitivity feature, minimize 

Price: $12,000. 
Contact: Rasna Corp., 2590 
North First St. , Suite 200, 
San Jose, CA 95131, (408) 
Inquiry 1306. 

Racal-Redac and 
Mine Meld All-in-One 
Circuit Designer 

Racal-Redac has inte- 
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boards in one package. 

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board size. The program's 
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erates a device-specific design. 
These designs can incorpo- 
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single field programmable 
gate array (FPGA) up to 20 

Rasna 's Applied Motion recommends several alternatives to your 
mechanical design. 

programmable logic devices 
(PLDs) or a combination of 

CADAT then simulates the 
design, letting you verify the 
functionality of systems that 
incorporate standard logic, ap- 
plication-specific ICs, pro- 
cessors, and PLD/FPGAs 
without having to build a pro- 
totype board. CADAT runs on 
Sun workstations. Versions 
are planned for DEC and IBM 
RISC workstations. 
Price: $20,000 and up. 
Contact: Racal-Redac, 1000 
Wyckoff Ave., Mahwah, NJ 
07430, (201) 848-8000. 
Inquiry 1307. 


from Dynacomp 

Dynacomp adds three 
new programs— The 
Equator, Matrix Laboratory, 
and Molecular Modeling— to 
its line of math and science 
software for the IBM PC. 

With The Equator, you can 
save equations on disk and plot 
them later with a range of 
values that you choose. The 
program supports trigono- 
metric and hyperbolic func- 
tions and their inverses, 
square roots, and many other 

types of functions. The 
Equator lets you store defini- 
tions of variables with their 
constants. Optional packages 
($19.95 each) for The Equa- 
tor include equations for elec- 
trical engineering, statistics, 
and electromagnetics. 

Matrix Laboratory lets you 
perform operations on moder- 
ate (20 by 20) matrices. The 
program supports such func- 
tions as inverse, condition, 
and square root. 

The Molecular Modeling 
program lets you select ele- 
ments from a periodic table 
and bond them. Once you have 
created the chemical model, 
you can view and animate it 
in 3-D. 

Price: The Equator, $59.95; 
Matrix Laboratory, $19.95; 
Molecular Modeling, 

Contact: Dynacomp, Inc., 
178 Phillips Rd., Webster, NY 
Inquiry 1308. 

The PLD and PGA tool sets let you design, simulate, and verify 
your logical device and gate array plans in one package. 

How to Find 

the Best Equation 

to Fit Your Data 

The TableCurve curve- 
fitting program takes your 
x,y data set and fits 221 can- 
didate equations to it, ranking 
each equation in order of best 
fit. The program's equation set 
includes 60 first-order equa- 
tions, 66 second-order equa- 
tions, 55 third-order equa- 
tions, rational polynomials, 
and polynomials. 

TableCurve ranks each 
equation by the r-squared 
"goodness of fit" value, but 
it also ranks equations by 
floating-point efficiency. 
This means that you can 
choose the more efficient of 
two equations that are closely 
ranked in r-squared value. 
Price: $395. 

Contact: Jandel Scientific, 
65 Koch Rd., Corte Madera, 
CA 94925, (415) 924-8640. 
Inquiry 1309. 



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Civil Engineering 
and Surveying 
for AutoCAD 11 

DCA Software's civil en- 
gineering and surveying 
programs now support Auto- 
CAD release 1 1 . The company 
offers Survey Collection, 
Data Input and Reduction, 
Digital Terrain, Highways, 
Earthworks, and Landscape 
modules for AutoCAD, along 
with Coordinate Geometry, 
Design, and Advanced De- 
sign programs. New features 
of the programs include a 
project management system 
that lets you work with, store, 
and access information from 
any drive or directory, a new 
point database, negative sta- 
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The new point database of- 
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sorting, and editing. With 
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ous point data. The ability to 
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add to existing drawings by 
extending from point zero. Dy- 
namic TIN viewing and edit- 
ing eliminates the step of going 
through DXF file conversion. 

DCA Software offers a host of programs for AutoCAD 11. 

The programs also add real- 
time cross sectioning and 
profiling and on-line TIN and 
contour generation. 
Price: $495 to $1995 per 

Contact: DCA Software, 
Inc., 7 Liberty Hill Rd., 
Henniker,NH 03242, (603) 
Inquiry 1310. 

Vellum for Windows 
and Silicon Graphics 

Vellum, the 2-D CAD 
program for the Mac, is 
now available for Windows. 
As with the Mac version, the 
Windows version includes the 

Drafting Assistant, Vellum's 
drawing aid that lets you ac- 
curately place objects in rela- 
tion to one another. Other 
features include NURB 
splines, parametrics, and 
symbol libraries. Vellum will 
also soon be available on the 
Silicon Graphics Iris 4D work- 
station, according to Ashlar. 

The company says that it 
will release a 3-D add-on for 
the Mac early in 1991 and 
one for Windows in the second 
quarter of 1991. 
Price: $1995 for Windows 
and Silicon Graphics versions. 
Contact: Ashlar, Inc., 1290 
Oakmead Pkwy., Suite 218, 
Sunnyvale, CA 94086, (408) 
Inquiry 1311. 

New AutoCAD Links Directly to Spreadsheets, Databases 

AutoCAD release 1 1 in- 
cludes a programming 
language environment that 
lets you create programs i n C 
that directly link with Auto- 
CAD. Release 11 provides 
record locking on networks 
and lets you display several 
different views of a drawing 
at one time. 

The optional Advanced 
Modeling Extension (AME) 
is an integrated tool created 
with the Autodesk Develop- 
ment System that allows you 
to create solid objects from 

primitive shapes. Once you 
have created the surface 
model, you can edit it with 
normal AutoCAD com- 
mands, perform Boolean op- 
erations, and calculate mass 

Release ll's main menu 
includes a routine for recov- 
ering and reconstructing a 
damaged AutoCAD drawing 
file. Dimension style tables 
let you save groups of dimen- 
sion variable settings by 

The DOS version of re- 

lease 1 1 will not run on any- 
thing smaller than a 286 sys- 
tem; it also runs on Sun, 
DEC, Mac, and Apollo 
workstations. Versions are 
available for OS/2 1.1 or 
higher. At press time, Auto- 
desk had not yet announced 
whether it would port AME 
to the Mac. 

Price: $3500; AME, $495. 
Contact: Autodesk, Inc., 
2320 Marinship Way, Sau- 
salito,CA 94965, (415) 332- 
Inquiry 1313. 

Two 2-D CAD 
Programs for the 
Mac and IBM PC 

Generic Software has re- 
leased version 5.0 of its 
2-D CAD program for the 
IBM PC and version 1 of its 
2-D program for the Mac, 
both of which support auto- 
mated associative dimension- 
ing. With associative dimen- 
sioning, when you modify an 
object, the data associated with 
that object changes as well. 

Other new features of Ge- 
neric CADD 5.0 include the 
ability to zoom, pan, and ex- 
ecute other commands while in 
the middle of a drawing or 
editing command. It also lets 
you undo and redo your last 
25 commands and offers sup- 
port for attributes. You can 
export attributes in .WK1 and 
.CSV file formats for use in 
spreadsheets and databases. 

Version 5.0's shell lets you 
exit the program, start another 
program, and return to your 
original position without hav- 
ing to restart Generic CADD. 
The File Selector utility dis- 
plays a video memory of your 
hard disk's directory with 
date, size, and other infor- 
mation about the files. 

In addition to associative 
dimensioning, Generic CADD 
for the Mac includes an Info 
Palette that lets you modify a 
drawing object by editing 
data rather than the object it- 
self. Snap previewing and 
symbol previewing let you 
change elements of a design 
before committing to the 

Price: $395; Mac version, 

Contact: Generic Software, 
Inc., 11911 North Creek 
Pkwy. S,Bothell,WA 
Inquiry 1312. 


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Make DOS Friendly 
in a Foreign Land 

To a novice DOS user, 
unraveling the mysteries 
of DOS is difficult enough. 
Imagine how hard it must be if 
you can't speak English. A 
program called StarCOM con- 
sists of four programs that let 
you rename DOS commands to 
names and abbreviations that 
make sense in another lan- 

Developer OurSof t says 
you can also use the program 
to rename the DOS command 
and substitute a more powerful 
third-party command. Star- 
COM is not an interpreter, and 
thus both the command line 
and a batch file recognize the 
same command set. Star- 
COM does its work by renam- 

ing the internal command 
table ofCOMMAND.COM. 
The program code of DOS 
remains untouched. 
Price: $59.95. 
Contact: OurSoft, P.O. Box 
6396, Bellevue, WA 98008, 
(206) 643-0204. 
Inquiry 1190. 

Stay in Touch 
on the Mac 

Intouch 1.0, Advanced 
Software's desk accessory 
for the Mac, lets you store 
names and addresses with up 

to 14 pages of notes attached 
to each address. 

You can use the program 
for envelope printing and pre- 
viewing, and it lets you de- 
sign label and envelope lay- 
outs. The program's dial 
function lets you locate and 
dial numbers in the database, 

Add Context-Sensitive Help to Your Applications 

Zaron Software's Help! 
utility lets you add con- 
text-sensitive help and 
menus for your programs 
and DOS operations without 
requiring any changes or re- 
compiling of the application. 
When used with standard 
text files, you can use Help! 
to create a flat-file help sys- 
tem. When used with Hyper- 
Word, Zaron's hypertext 

word processor, you can 
create multidimensional 
help. You can use the TSR 
program to create a menu 
system to return text strings 
and commands to any appli- 
cation, as well as to the DOS 
command processor. The 
program is also capable of 
running a series of programs 
from script. 
Help! includes sample 

help files and programs, 
plus a help system for com- 
monly used DOS com- 
mands, the company re- 

Price: $49.95. 
Contact: Zaron Software, 
13100 Dulaney Valley Rd., 
Glen Arm, MD 21057, 
(800) 669-3348 or (301) 
Inquiry 1191. 

Prospero: the Pascal experts 

The Language Definition 

Prospero Pascal is a full ISO standard 
Pascal, with a whole range of 
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handling, bit level manipulation, type 
breaking, include files and separate 
compilation. Prospero also produced 
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compiler to be validated as conforming 
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the company reports. 

You can search for names 
and addresses using any text 
string, and Intouch lets you 
import and export addresses 
from other applications. As 
you add notes about each name 
in the address, the program 
time- and date-stamps them. 
Price: $69.95. 
Contact: Advanced Soft- 
ware, Inc., 1095 East Duane 
Ave., Suite 103, Sunnyvale, 
CA 94086, (800) 346-5392 or 
(408) 733-0745. 
Inquiry 1189. 

A Program to 
Watch Over You 

Although most people 
prefer not to work while 
someone watches over their 
shoulder, Micro Logic's 

newest program may change 
this attitude. 

Key Watch lies in wait in 
your system, watching your 
keystroke patterns as you 
work in your word processor, 
spreadsheet, or database ap- 
plication. Once it detects a re- 
petitive pattern (e.g., refor- 
matting a document or deleting 
a series of cells in a work- 
sheet), Key Watch sounds a 
beep to offer its assistance. 
At this point, you can perform 
the repetitive motion with a 
single keystroke. Other actions 
in which the program can 
save keystrokes include modi- 
fying a series of fields in a 
database or commenting lines 
of code in a program. 

Micro Logic says the first 
implementation of the program 
can't look for repetitions over 
several different sessions in an 
application, although that 

ability will be added in a later 
version. The purpose of Key 
Watch for now is to keep you 
from typing the same thing 
twice, saving time and effort in 
the process. 

Key Watch runs on the 
IBM PC with 256K bytes of 
RAM. It is RAM-resident 
and requires 3K bytes. 
Price: $69.95. 

Contact: Micro Logic Corp. , 
P.O. Box 70, Dept. P, Hack- 
ensack, NJ 07602, (800) 
342-5930 or (201) 342-6518. 
Inquiry 1192. 

Strikes Again 

The newest version of 
Lightning, DacEasy 's 
caching program for the IBM 
PC, lets you specify the size of 

its buffer, up to 8 MB of con- 
ventional, extended, or ex- 
panded memory. 

In addition to its claim that 
Lightning 5.5 is the fastest 
cache on the block, DacEasy 
says the program lets you 
choose which drives will be 
affected and lets you specify 
full track read. 

The program supports 
DOS 4.0 and drives larger than 
32 MB. It also works with 
Windows 3.0. 

The program's Disk Watch 
feature, a color-coded screen 
indicator that appears in a 
corner of your screen, shows 
the number of disk accesses 
as they occur. 
Price: $29.95. 
Contact: DacEasy, Inc., 
17950 Preston Rd., Suite 800, 
Dallas, TX 75252, (800) 
877-8088 or (214) 248-0205. 
Inquiry 1193. 

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Take Control of 
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Metier Management Sys- 
tems, a company that of- 
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you manage a project's con- 
tract throughout its life cycle. 
The program helps you main- 
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realistic proposals and bud- 
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Along with its manage- 
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lets you perform what-if 
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cost of a change in rate or an- 
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vides more than 200 standard 
reports, including Department 
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As with other programs 
for large projects, Artemis 
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according to work breakdown 
structure, organization 
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element structure. 

The program works with 
Metier' s other programs for 
the 386: Artemis Project 
7.1.6 and Artemis Team, for 
allocating human resources. 
Artemis Cost requires either 
the Artemis 7000/386 com- 
mand language for customiz- 
ing the program to fit your 
company's specific needs or 
the run-time version. It re- 
quires a 386 with at least 1 MB 
of extended memory. 
Price: Artemis Cost, $3830; 
7000/386 command language, 
$6090; run-time version, 

Contact: Metier Manage- 
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Takin' Care of Business, 
a program for small- to 
medium-size businesses, lets 
people without accounting ex- 
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and other areas of business 

The General Ledger is the 
foundation of the program. It 
records your transactions into 
the appropriate account and 
lets you generate a variety of 
financial statements. 

The Account Reconcilia- 
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checking accounts, finding 
the exact amount of any dis- 
crepancy. Financial Utilities 
helps you calculate financial 
risk by calculating future 
values, payments, terms, inter- 
est rates, and amortization 

The Accounts Payable 
module automates the payment 
of invoices, preventing you 
from missing a discount or 
payment. Other modules in- 
clude Accounts Receivable and 
Payroll, which can handle up 
to 1000 employees. 
Price: Module prices range 
from $14.95 to $49.95. 
Contact: Hooper Interna- 
tional, Inc., P.O. Box 50200, 
Colorado Springs, CO 

80949, (800) 245-7789 or 
(719) 528-8990. 
Inquiry 1167. 

Act! Now Works 
on Networks 

Contact Software Interna- 
tional says it wrote the 
new version of its contact 
management program Act! in 
C + + to provide the hooks to 
run on any DOS-based LAN 
and provide portability to 
other platforms in the future. 
The company added a TSR 
critical alarm that pops up 
while you're in an application 
such as Lotus 1-2-3. 

Act! 2.0 has all the normal 
features of contact manage- 
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calls, scheduling meetings, 
keeping to-do lists, setting 
alarms, and resolving con- 
flicts. It deals with these in 
multiples: You can schedule 
tasks with reminders. 

The program's word pro- 
cessor supports automatic mail 

Price: $395; LAN version, 
$995 for five. 
Contact: Contact Software 
International, 1625 West 
Crosby Rd., Suite 132, Car- 
rollton, TX 75006, (214) 418- 
Inquiry 1169. 

Financial Planning Without Software Manuals 

Granville Publications 
Software has released 
a new version of its program 
for managers who need to 
plan finances but don't want 
to buy an expensive spread- 
sheet and plow through a 
thick manual. 

Up Your Cash Flow 2.0 
has seven spreadsheet for- 
mats that automatically link 
related items. 

Menus guide you through 
a financial forecast in min- 
utes, providing a profit and 
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flow forecast/budget, pro- 
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of the forecast. The program 
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Qume Releases 

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The Qumatic Instant 
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lished mail list compiled in an- 
other application, Qume re- 
ports. A new feature of version 
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city and state when you type in 
a ZIP code. 

You can sort a database by 
many different categories, and 
the program prints out a re- 
port itemizing the number of 
pieces sent to each ZIP code 
to qualify for the lowest bulk 
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Price: $59.95. 
Contact: Qume Corp., 500 
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95035, (408) 942-4000. 
Inquiry 1170. 

Add Bar Codes 
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Qume 's mailing database program lets you identify fields that 
you won 't use and automatically skip them. 

text, graphics, and bar codes at 
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The program lets you ad- 
just the code size between 80 
percent and 200 percent of 
the nominal size, as recom- 
mended by the Uniform 
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print gain when you print the 
code, you can manipulate bar 
width by 0.0002 inch, the 
company reports, for maxi- 
mum accuracy. 

Label Designer works on 
the Mac with any PostScript 
output device. It supports a 
variety of code symbology 
families, such as UPC, Code 
39, and many others. 
Price: $395; barcode for- 
mats, $250 each. 
Contact: ComputaLabel, 
Inc., The Carriage House, 28 
Green St. , Newbury, MA 
01951, (800) 289-0993 or 
Inquiry 1172. 

Reduce Postal 
Costs on Mass 

PostWare PrintForm is 
for hospitals, utilities, 
and financial institutions that 
want to take advantage of post- 
age discounts without sorting 
thousands of letters by hand. 

The program works by 
capturing a print image form 
of each letter's address. It 
assigns ZIP codes, ZIP+4 
codes, and carrier routes. 
The program presorts the let- 
ters in first-, second-, or third- 
class mailstream order and 
prints them in the new order. 

PostWare PrintForm runs 
on a 386 with 1 MB of RAM. 
Price: $15,000 to $30,000. 
Contact: Postalsoft, Inc., 
4439 Mormon Coulee Rd., 
La Crosse, W 1 5460 1,(608) 
Inquiry 1171. 

Share Your Opinion 

With Solicit Your Edi- 
tor, a database for the 
IBM PC that has the names 
and addresses of hundreds 
of newspaper and magazine 
editors, you can let your 
opinion be known across the 
U.S. The program includes 
an editor and fields for keep- 
ing track of what you've sent 

to each editor. 

Price: $49.95; LAN ver- 
sion, $129.95; yearly up- 
dates, $24.95 and $74.95, 

Contact: T-Lan Systems, 
RR 2, Box 1290, Nor- 
ridgewock, ME 04957, 
Inquiry 1174. 

Find That ZIP 

With ZIP*Phone, tele- 
marketers can key in a 
phone number's area code 
and prefix and instantly deter- 
mine the number's city, 
state, time zone, and local 
time. You can use it in TSR 
mode while writing a docu- 
ment to do things like verify- 
ing a ZIP code. You can also 
use it by entering a partial 
ZIP code or city name, and the 
program fills in the rest. 
Price: $95. 

Contact: Melissa Data Co., 
321 18-8 A Paseo Adelanto, San 
Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, 
Inquiry 1173. 

Label Publishing 
for the Mac 

MacLabelPro acts as a 
companion to your data- 
base or word processor, let- 
ting you directly merge exist- 
ing addresses and combine 
them with graphics and other 
text elements to produce eye- 
pleasing mailing labels. 

The program is designed 
to work as a back end to such 
applications as Works, Excel, 
Word, FileMaker, Multiplan, 
and Mac Write. You select the 
type of label, and MacLabel- 
Pro displays a template win- 
dow inside which you design 
the label. Once you design 
the label using the program's 
layout and drawing tools, 
each address will print accord- 
ing to that format. Mac- 
LabelPro is also available in 
an IBM PC version. 
Price: $99.95. 
Contact: Avery Commercial 
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91724, (800) 541-5507 or 
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Avalon Publisher 

Elan Computer Group 
says its new desktop pub- 
lishing system for the Sun 
SPARCstation, Hewlett-Pack- 
ard 9000, and DECstation 
provides pagination, graphics, 
page/document layout, and 
word processing under a Mac- 
like interface. 

Avalon Publisher supports 
PostScript printers and other 
typesetters, plus the HP 
LaserJet family of laser 

printers. Features supported 
for page makeup include multi- 
ple threads for newspapers; 
text flow around graphics; text 
templates; and the ability to 
name and manipulate objects, 
paragraphs, and graphics as 

The drawing package sup- 
ports Bezier curves, several 
types of fill patterns, and the 
ability to scale various bit-map 
formats (e.g., raster, raw bit- 
map, MacPaint, PCX, and 
TIFF). Graphics can flow 
with text or remain stationary. 

Elan is offering Avalon 
Publisher with a floating li- 
cense, which makes it avail- 
able to everyone on your net- 
work but requires you to 
purchase only enough licenses 
for concurrent use. The sys- 
tem requires 18 MB of disk 
space, 8 MB of main mem- 
ory, and the X 1 1 Windowing 

Price: $1295; $995 for each 
additional concurrent license. 
Contact: Elan Computer 
Group, Inc., 888 Villa St., 
Third Floor, Mountain 
View, CA 94041, (415) 
Inquiry 1178. 

Wave4 Bridges 
Desktop and 
Dedicated Systems 

Bestinfo says its Wave4 
publishing system for 
OS/2 Presentation Manager 
bridges the gap between low- 
cost, low-powered desktop 
applications and high-end tech- 
nologies like Penta and Atex. 
With Wave4 and the multitask- 
ing capabilities of OS/2, sev- 
eral people can work on the 
same document, pages, and 
articles without file corruption 
or work-flow conflicts. 

The program integrates 
proprietary Hell and Scitex 
color imaging and PostScript 
color imaging. For production 
people, the program supports 
masking, automatic head fit- 
ting and sizing, rotation of 
images and frames at any ori- 
entation, and image zooming 
independent of the frame or 

Price: $12,000 to $95,000. 
Contact: Bestinfo, Inc., 
1400 North Providence Rd., 
Media, PA 19063, (800) 346- 
7920 or (215) 891-6500. 
Inquiry 1177. 

Avalon Publisher brings desktop publishing under the XI 1 
windowing system to the SPARCstation, DECstation, and Hewlett- 
Packard 9000. 

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company's word processing, 
painting, and drawing pro- 
grams under one package for 
desktop publishing under SCO 
Open Desktop. The program 
is available for the IBM PC, 
Open Look on Sun worksta- 
tions, and OSF/Motif on 
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Price: $995. 

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San Rafael, CA 94903, (800) 
255-4499 or (415) 491-1000. 
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Called CommBuilder, the tool 
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as you interact with the host 
computer. Generated code 
works with Easel/DOS or Ea- 
sel/2 (for OS/2), the com- 
pany's graphical application 
development system. 

As you access and interact 
with a 3270-based system, 
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host screen in a window. After 
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by the application. You can 
use CommBuilder on-line or 
capture host screen images 
for later coding. 

As CommBuilder presents 
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color coding to identify pro- 
tected fields, assigned fields, 
watch characters, and unpro- 
tected fields. The tool can in- 
terface with Layout/CUA for 
DOS, Easel's tool that lets you 
design and generate a graphi- 
cal user interface for Easel (the 
company hasn't yet released 
Layout/CUA for OS/2). You 
can use CommBuilder to as- 
sign links between host 
screens for programming an 
Easel application that 
navigates through several 
host screens. 

CommBuilder runs under 
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use with Easel/DOS or Ea- 
sel/2. It requires DOS 3.0 and 
1MB of RAM. 
Price: $1900; Easel/DOS 
and Easel/2, $7500 each. 
Contact: Easel Corp., 600 
West Cummings Park, Wo- 
burn, MA 01801, (617) 
Inquiry 1181. 

Working with CommBuilder, you create the communications 
portion of your PC-to-3270 application by interacting directly 
with the host screens. 

Pare Place 
Opens Up 
Objectworks\C + + 

ParcPlace Systems has 
opened up Objectworks, 
the set of tools that helps you 
find, understand, and reuse 
existing C + + code. No 
longer are you required to use 
default tools like the Sun C 
compiler. Objectworks \ C + + 
2.0 supports traditional Unix 
tools for C preprocessing, C 
compiling, and linking, the 
company says. 

Objectworks helps you an- 
alyze C + + code, even if it's 
not your own. The Ob- 
jectworks \ C + + inheritance 
browser draws class inheri- 
tance trees and supports multi- 
ple inheritance, so that you 
can view existing class rela- 
tionships in graphical form. 
Also included is an error 
browser, a C + + Translator 
using AT&T's Language Sys- 
tem 2.1, and a source-level 

The optional Object- 
Kit\C + + includes AT&T's 
Standard Library and Stan- 
dard Library Extension, a col- 
lection of 15 general-purpose 
C + + libraries. It also has the 
NIHC + + libraries. 

Objectworks\C + + 2.0 
requires 12 MB for the Sun-3 
and SPARCstation. 
Price: $3000; Object- 
Kit\C + + ,$500. 
Contact: ParcPlace Systems, 
Inc., 1550 Plymouth St., 
Mountain View, CA 94043, 
(415) 691-6700. 
Inquiry 1182. 

STSC Plans APL for 
IBM's System/6000 

STSC , developer of APL, 
known for its ability to 
perform complex and ad hoc 
analyses on large quantities of 
data, says it will release a 
version of the language for the 
IBM RISC System/6000 by 
the end of this year or early 
1991. Currently available for 
the 386, DEC workstations, 
and the SPARCstation, APL 
is used for actuarial work, cur- 
rency trading, customer 
tracking, and other applica- 
tions, the company says. 

APL interfaces with lan- 
guages like assembly and C. 
STSC says APL excels at ma- 
trix manipulation and supports 
nested arrays within a single 
element of other arrays. 
Price: $3000 and up. 
Contact: STSC, Inc., 2115 
East Jefferson St. , Rockville, 
MD 20852, (301)984-5000. 
Inquiry 1184. 

Adds to Plus 

Spinnaker Software de- 
veloped the Plus Software 
Slot Developer's Kit for 
creating new object classes and 
customized extensions for the 
Plus programming language. 
You can use the kit to create 
applications that can run un- 
modified on the Mac and 
IBM PC with Windows or 
OS/2 Presentation Manager. 

Four categories of exten- 
sions are possible with the kit. 
Software Slot Objects add a 
new object class to Plus, with 
all properties of the new ob- 
ject defined by you. Once you 
create and compile the new 
object, it goes in the same 
folder as Plus, and you access 
it like any other object. An- 
other category, External 
Draw Objects, already have 
some properties defined in 
advance, since they are de- 
signed to display information 
on-screen. However, you deter- 
mine the source and form of 
the displayed information, 
whether it be a bar graph, 
chart, or other data 

Two other categories, 
Software Slot Commands and 
Software Slot Functions, let 
you extend Plus. When you use 
these extensions to add new 
commands and functions, you 
can define an unlimited num- 
ber of arguments and custom- 
ized syntax, giving you 
greater flexibility than with 
external commands and ex- 
ternal functions, according 
to the company. 
Price: $695. 

Contact: Spinnaker Software 
Corp., 201 Broadway, Cam- 
bridge, MA 02139, (617) 
Inquiry 1183. 

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MetaWare Delivers 
The Essential Tool For 


Way back in 1986, MetaWare delivered the first 32-bit protected- 
mode DOS compiler for the 386. Our High C compiler set the 
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faster libraries with ANSI conformance and greater Micro- 
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generate46% better Whetstone code and 1 5% better Dhrystone 
code than our previous version. But one piece was still missing: 

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Functions in 
Your Database 

Raima, developer of C 
products for the design of 
databases that combine rela- 
tional- and network-model 
technologies, now has a li- 
brary of linkable functions for 
embedding spreadsheet capa- 
bility in your application. 

Applications created with 
the PowerCell Spreadsheet Li- 
brary let you analyze and 
otherwise manipulate data 
without having to export to a 
spreadsheet, perform the anal- 
ysis, and reimport the 
changed data to the database. 

The library can function 
as a stand-alone library, letting 
you add its capability to other 
applications. Built-in file ac- 
cess functions let you import 
and export data from WKS, 
WK1, DBF, and ASCII for- 
mats. The PowerCell Spread- 
sheet Library supports a vari- 
ety of operating systems, 
including DOS, Windows, 
OS/2, Unix, Xenix and SunOS. 
Price: $695 and up. 
Contact: Raima Corp., 3245 
146th Place SE, Suite 230, 
Bellevue, WA 98007, (206) 
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TAGS Function 
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to PI Edit 

PI Edit 4.0, a software 
development system for 
DOS, OS/2, and several ver- 
sions of Unix, lets you use 
third-party tools to make, 
link, debug, or execute your 
application, all from within 
the PI Edit environment. A 
new TAGS function goes 
through your source code and 
creates a database from 
which you can reference any 
function or element by name, 
without knowing its location. 
Initially available for C and 

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C + + , the TAGS function 
should support dBASE and 
Pascal by the end of the year. 

For programmers with a 
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tween vi and PI modes. 
While in vi mode, you still 
have access to all Pi's com- 
mands, Iliad Group says. 

Version 4.0 lets you save 
your workspace, quit, and re- 
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ing to get up to speed at the 
start of your next program- 
ming session. 

The MS-DOS version can 
remove itself from memory 
when it executes another ap- 
plication, storing itself in EMS 
or disk memory. Supported 
versions of Unix include SCO 
Unix and Xenix, Interactive 
Unix 386/ix, and AT&T 

Price: MS-DOS version, 
$195; PI for OS/2, $249; PI for 
Unix, $349 and up. 
Contact: The Iliad Group, 
Inc., 77 Geary St., Fifth 
Floor, San Francisco, CA 
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Inquiry 1186. 

PI Edit 4. 0, a software development system, lets you do all your 
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The new version of Sculpt 
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Sculpt 3D runs on the Mac 
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Sculpt 3D lets you animate objects once you 've modeled and 
rendered them. 

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The new version of 
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proves upon its predecessor by 
offering enhanced two- 
dimensional layout and slide- 
preparation capabilities. The 
company has also developed 
RIO Animator, an add-on 
module for RIO that provides 
vector-based 2-D animation 
with antialiased objects, text, 
gradients, and trans- 

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Digital Arts brings its 
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The Good, the Bad, 
and the Ugly 
of HyperCard 2.0 

The recent reversals and 
stopgap measures in the 
continuing saga of the Hyper- 
Card distribution strategy are 
leading users to ask, "What 
does Claris want?" 

Apple's announcement that 
HyperCard will be bundled 
with the new Macs in a run- 
time-only version sparked an 
outpouring of protest, caus- 
ing Apple and Claris to rethink 
their strategy. Apple's an- 
nouncement that the version of 
HyperCard 2.0 to be bundled 
with new Macs would not have 
scripting capabilities has 
been the object of lively dis- 
cussion in the Mac commu- 
nity. The ensuing protest from 
users caused Apple and 
Claris, which has taken over 
proprietorship of HyperCard, 
to reverse the earlier an- 
nouncement and bundle a 
full version with the new 

At the regular Thursday 
night meeting of BMUG, Inc. , 
the impending release of Hy- 
perCard 2.0 was the most dis- 
cussed topic of the meeting. 
Amid all the rumors and spec- 
ulation, one person's com- 
ment illustrated just how per- 
sonally users take Hyper- 
Card, which was designed to 
bring hypertext authoring to 
anyone who owns a Mac. As 
users wondered how much 
the scripting version of Hyper- 

Card might cost, someone 
from the audience suggested, 
"Let's just not buy it. 
[Apple] will get the idea we 
don't like them messing with 
our program." 

Claris apparently heard, 
and listened to, the protests of 
stack developers and users. 
The company later said a full 
version will be shipped, but 
to enter scripting mode, you'll 
have to make a minor change 
to the home stack. However, 
it's not clear if this last-min- 
ute change in strategy will 
mollify HyperCard devel- 

At least one HyperCard 
expert is calling the latest turn 
in this drama "pathetic." 

David Drucker, a Hyper- 
Card consultant since 1987 and 
a member of the Boston 
Computer Society's MacStack- 
Group, says the decision by 
Claris to put an opaque button 
over the scripting choices on 
the home stack connotes "a de- 
spicable attitude." Drucker 
said the company is "still put- 
ting it out with the attitude 
that what you don't know is 
good for you." He also said 
the opaque button represents 
"the exact opposite of 

The official Claris line is 
that the opaque button scheme 
will prevent new users from 
destroying or altering stacks. 
But Drucker says that if a 
person is that concerned about 
data integrity, it's up to the 
developer to protect the stack, 
which is easily done with a 
one-line command. 

What's Going On in Your Users Group? 

Any visitors lately? What 
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Despite the waffling of 
Claris on this issue, Drucker 
sees the company's acquisi- 
tion of the upgrade and devel- 
opment responsibilities of 
HyperCard as good news, in 
general. "If HyperCard had 
to end up in a place, this 
[Claris] is the best place." 

According to Drucker, 
now that Claris has taken over 
HyperCard, users can look 
for network support, spread- 
sheet capabilities, and the in- 
corporation of the XTND file- 
format conversion technol- 
ogy into future versions of 

But Drucker says the 
opaque button announcement 
left him "amused and irri- 
tated at the same time." 

"Apple's giving it over to 
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said. "As long as they 
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A Vietnam veteran named 
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At a Berkeley Macintosh 
Users Group meeting, 
Esther Dyson, editor and 
publisher of the newsletter 
Release 1. 0, spoke in hushed 
tones about General Magic, 
the Apple spin-off that is 
supposedly developing a 
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tions products. 

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the new company's product, 
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try managers. You can't leg- 
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Jeff Cherniss, president of 
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fore he demonstrated his 
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gram for the Mac, "Our 
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A report in Microscope, the 
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Working Smart 

Diagnostic equipment, 
portable computers, 
and better ways of 
working on the road 

This month we had the oddest 
pair of computer failures I ever 
heard of. They're also instruc- 
tive. First, the Cheetah 486: 
Alex was working with QEMM-386 and 
Desqview, trying to get the largest pos- 
sible working memory space— what in 
CP/M days we called a transient pro- 
gram area— by packing mouse drivers, 
buffers, and other such stuff up i nto the 
area between 640K bytes and 1 mega- 
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It's tedious because most video board 
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uses the Tseng Laboratories' chips and 
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be not only very fast and very reliable, 
but also capricious in its memory wants. 

For example, the Micro Labs video 
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and is wonderful for those who want a 
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it also grabs high-memory areas without 
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than a drum. 

The only remedy is to exclude the right 
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CONFIG.SYS, reset, and see if the sys- 
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It's better to do the trial and error. 

Failure Modes 

Doi ng this makes you reset the machine 
often, which shouldn't be a problem; but 
suddenly the Cheetah 486 wouldn't come 
up. It reported a memory error on start- 
up; and it did that every time. Very con- 

I called Gene Sumrall of Cheetah. In- 
cidentally, Cheetah was recently bought 
by Northgate Computer Systems. They 
also hired key Cheetah people, including 
Gene and Ron Sartore. Northgate 's Art 
Lazare says he'll keep Cheetah intact as a 
high-end product line, which means that 
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backed by Northgate technical support 
and financial resources; that's going to 
be one formidable high-end system. 

Gene was understandably upset. My 
Cheetah 486 was an early production 
model, and it had been tested nine ways 
to Sunday before being sent to me. 

"Video board," Gene said. "When 
something like that happens, it's gener- 
ally the video board." 

"Right," I said, and got out my trusty 
Video Seven board, which, if not as fast 
as the Micro Labs board, is about as reli- 
able as they come. It took about 2 min- 
utes to put in the Video Seven board and 
turn on the machine. 

I got the same error reading. Call 
Gene again. 

The Cheetah 486 is built up with a 
motherboard capable of going up to some 
incredible speed and a board that carries 
the i486 chip and its associated glue 
chips. This lets you swap for a faster sys- 
tem when faster i486 chips become avail- 
able. Cheetah sent a new CPU board by 
Federal Express. I swapped. Same error. 

By now, Gene was ready to tear out his 
hair. "Can you take all the boards out," 
he said. 

That was no problem, although I kept 
wondering what the machine would do 
with no CPU. However, the Cheetah 
motherboard has a small LCD that tells 
precisely what is going on i n the boot-up 
process. We were hung at stage 26 (it 
should go to FF), and apparently that's 
well before the system ever gets to the 
i486 chip. I pulled all the boards. 

"Same error," I reported. "Stops at 

Long silence. "I'll call you back." 

The next step sounded a little weird. 
"Take the machine, take the boards out 
of it, turn it upside down, and beat on it," 
I was told. "Ron [Cheetah guru Ron Sar- 
tore] says there may be a little bit of metal 
shorting the address lines." 

Well, OK, I thought. I turned the ma- 
chine over and tapped it. Then I tried the 
vacuum cleaner, used canned air from 
the cleanup kit, and looked at every 
board slot with a strong light. I thought I 
found a bit of metal. Gloat. Turn on the 
machine. "Same problem." 

The next step was a new motherboard, 
and to be sure it was installed right, they 
sent in Larry Aldridge, the local Chee- 
tah distributor. Incidentally, Larry is 
also going to work for Northgate, as a di- 
rector of product development. He deliv- 
ered the motherboard. Installed it, and 
turned on the machine. 

Same error. 

"Power supply," Larry said. "Except 
that I never heard of this kind failing." 
He borrowed my voltmeter and fooled 
around a bit. "Something's pulling down 
the regulated voltage," he decided. But 
we couldn't figure what. It looked like 
there was nothing for it but to replace the 
power supply, too. Then Larry had an 


"Keyboard?" I shook my head. 
"OK." We disconnected the keyboard 
and got out another. Turn on the ma- 
chine. The LCD went past 26, on up. 
The hard disk clicked over. The machine 
booted fine. Clearly, some kind of short 



in the keyboard was pulling the power 
low, which made the machine believe it 
had a memory error. 

There was only one problem: that key- 
board is a Northgate OmniKey/Plus in 
the "Pournelle configuration," with the 
Backspace key next to the P, where God 
intended it to be. There aren't many of 
those in the world, and I sure hated the 
idea that one of mine (I have four) didn't 
work properly. 

Inspection showed that the keyboard is 
held together with six screws. I opened it 
up. Everything is modular, and nothing 
falls apart; no problem. As I removed the 
keyboard from the case, something fell 
out. A scrap of metal, I think; it vanished 
behind the cushion of the couch. Mean- 
while, other stuff fell out, nutshells, 
crumbs, bits of popcorn. I shook every- 
thing out, vacuumed it, and put it back 
together, said a quiet prayer, and plugged 
it back into the Cheetah. 

No problem. Everything works fine 
and has for a couple of weeks now. 

Meanwhile, we solved a second prob- 
lem: the old Zenith Z-248, one of the 
early 286 machines, still does service in 
education, but it recently began having 


he major 

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problems on boot-up. If it ever got past 
the boot problems it was all right, but as 
Bill Godbout says, "If the error rate is 
high enough to measure, it's too high." 

Zenith has built-in diagnostics in their 
ROM monitor, but running that all night 
didn't find anything. I didn't have time 
to do much more with the machine, so I 
sent it to the local Heath/Zenith store. 
Alas, they couldn't find anything wrong 
with it at all; but when I got it back here 
and put it on the bench, the same problem 

developed. Then, by accident, I moved 
the 110-volt power cord— and the ma- 
chine rebooted. 

Turns out there's something wrong in- 
side the power cord. You can't see any- 
thing wrong by inspection; and, natu- 
rally, we didn't send that power cord out 
to Heath/Zenith with the machine. Sigh. 

There are two morals to the story, one 
major and one minor. The minor one is, 
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apart. But Northgate keyboards are no 
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It was already plenty good, but Syman- 
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that helps me a lot— and new screen orga- 
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farther, you eventually get all the way 
over to the right, with no room for fur- 
ther work. GrandView has always had a 
hoist command, which fills the screen 
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more than I did the old one; mind you, I 
used the old version quite a bit. All my 
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If you do much expository writing and 
you haven't tried an outline program, 
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soul and helped me organize my thoughts 
in later years, but at the time I hated out- 
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a try. Jim was right: outline programs 
really are useful. 

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teachers demanded, as a kind of prelimi- 
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you're going to say. That may work for 
some people, but I find it's about as easy 
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works. The result is a haphazard jumble 
of thoughts in no discernible order. 

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walk tall, and that has implications. 

Item: when we were in a working- 
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there wasn't much for sale: plenty of po- 
tatoes and wheat flour and kasha, some 
butter, no vegetables at all. While we 
were there, two military trucks pulled 
up, and the officers bought several cases 
of milk and several gross of eggs, paying 
for the goods with loose cash from their 
pockets. The troops loaded the stuff onto 
the trucks and drove away. These weren't 
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way to feed an elite military unit, and 
that too has implications. 

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If you have to write anything at all 
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Organizing Your Life 

When you reach my age, you forget 
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notes, scribbled on all sizes of paper. 
The important ones invariably get lost, 
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my notes in that. I also use Scotch tape to 
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photos, and the scraps of paper that still 
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I've done and who I've seen, as well as 
my telephone list. 

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Z88. Second, although I try to make a 
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card if I can't remember exactly when I 
got it. 

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do things: it's free-form, doesn't make 
me design forms and stick to them, and 
has access by browsing; and despite all 

my computers and dozens of attempts to 
computerize my life, I find I always 
come back to my hardbound logbooks 
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The latest version of Tornado works 
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As for Desqview, Tornado will work 
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multiple copies of Tornado running at the 
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Tornado is a character-based free- 
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One note will be on top, and that's the 
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Retrieval is simple enough. You can 
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your first keyword but without some 
other keyword or phrase. 

You can also cause the program to date 
your notes from the system clock (it will 
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there's no setting to make it date notes 
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to press Escape-D when you edit the 
note. It will also add sequence numbers, 
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feature that's useful if you use Tornado 
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program and experiment until I was com- 
fortable with it. The text editor has the 
WordStar control commands, as well as 
the more obvious ones involving arrow 
keys; it's reasonably intuitive. There are 
a few surprises, but no real problems. 

The Tornado manual is adequate and 
generally well organized. Alas, there's a 
strong "Clear Only If Known" compo- 
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stance, they keep telling you that chang- 
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the index or the table of contents. It took 
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menu; do not follow the instructions to 
press Escape-E, but instead merely press 



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Spokane, WA 99220 

Cambridge, MA 02142 

Hackensack, NJ07602 

(509) 747-6773 

(800) 633-4514 

(800) 342-5930 

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Inquiry 1149. 


Inquiry 1153. 

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Checklt $149 

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(213) 598-7746 

Clearwater, FL 34616 

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Inquiry 1150. 

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worse. That's when my hardbound log- 
book, carried with a roll of Scotch tape in 
a shoulder bag, comes into its own. 

Clearly, there are other methods. 
Some use the Day-Timer system, in which 
they make notes in a pocket-size diary 
for later hand transfer to a matching desk 
calendar/logbook. This works very well 
if you do it. But after investing consider- 
able money in Day-Timers, I found I'd 
get hopelessly behind in updating the 
desk copy, after which there wouldn't be 
any master schedule and I was thrown 
back on my memory. I gave it up. 

Others use an enormous book that ap- 
parently comes with a course on how to 
organize your life: everything goes into 
the book, and you don't have to transfer 
from it to anything else because you 
carry it all with you. I gather that those 
who've developed the proper habits like 
that system a lot; but I don't have the 
right habits, and I'm unlikely to acquire 
them, or for that matter to take the course 
that tells me how. 

For a while I was hoping I'd found the 
solution with gadgets: either the Sharp 
Wizard or the Casio Boss. Alas, neither 
really did the job. The Wizard was just a 

tad too large to slip into a pocket, but 
that's not fatal: people, including BYTE 
editor in chief Fred Langa, do manage to 
carry it. What was fatal for me was the 
ABCDE keyboard located off to the side 
of the screen. No matter how hard I tried, 
I simply could not write real notes with 
that keyboard. 

I worked at using that Wizard. I kept 
thinking one day something would click, 
and I'd really love it. Alas, it never hap- 
pened, and after a while the Wizard be- 
gan gathering dust. It's on a prominent 
shelf, so I can't forget to carry it on trips; 
but somehow I don't carry it, and when 
out of guilt I do take it, I've forgotten 
how to use it. I had much the same prob- 
lem, although for other reasons, with the 
Casio Boss. 

However: comes now the Sharp ZQ- 
5200; and while it's not all I'd like it to 
be, it does look to be good enough. 

The ZQ-5200 is in a clamshell case 
about the depth of a 3 !/2-inch floppy disk 
(twice that when opened, of course) and 
6 inches wide. The closed thickness is 
about that of a cigarette case. It has an 
LCD screen visible in any reasonable 
ambient light and a QWERTY keyboard 

below it. The whole thing is smaller and 
lighter and a heck of a lot easier to use 
than the old Wizard. 

The ZQ-5200 comes with Traveling 
Software's Do List and Expense pro- 
grams, which you could get as an add-on 
card with the Sharp Wizard. Other built- 
in functions are the calendar/schedule, 
world times, telephone directory, memo 
pad, and the like. The keys are grouped 
sensibly, with those directly controlling 
things up on the half with the screen, and 
text and calculator functions down on the 
keyboard half. There's no attempt at a 
numeric keypad: I use the numbers above 
the QWERTY keyboard. This isn't a 
problem for me, and I doubt it will be for 
anyone else. 

In general, the ZQ-5200 operates like 
the Wizard did, but the QWERTY key- 
board makes that a lot easier. Moreover, 
the Traveling Software link system that 
worked with Wizard works here: it's 
fairly easy to move data back and forth 
between the ZQ-5200 and your PC. 
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'he Problem 

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5200 and use it, and I expect to like it. 
However, I do have one request: I want 
Traveling Software to get together with 
Micro Logic and develop software that 
lets the ZQ-5200 transfer Tornado files 
simply and quickly. When that happens, 
I may actually get my life organized and 
keep it that way. 

TravelMate 2000, Part One 

We just got it, so I don't know how it 
will hold up; but Texas Instruments' Tra- 
velMate 2000 LT286 makes a terrific 
first impression. To begin with, it's 
light. The detachable battery gives it 
about 3 hours of life; without it, the inter- 
nal battery can run it for an hour. You 
must charge the internal battery without 
attaching the external, though. There's a 
20-MB hard disk drive and a bright back- 
lit screen. 

What there isn't is a floppy disk drive. 
You can buy an external 3 1 /2-inch floppy 
disk drive, or you can use the built-in 
Traveling Software LapLink system to 
connect to a desktop (or another laptop 
with floppy disks, which is what I've had 
to do). 

Zenith SupersPort SX 

We're in San Diego for the weekend, so I 
brought both the TravelMate 2000 and 
the Zenith SupersPort SX. I'm writing 
this on the SupersPort SX, because given 

the availability of both at your destina- 
tion, I think anyone would use it every 
time. Its screen is brighter, and the key- 
board is better. There's a built-in Sc- 
inch floppy disk drive, the 386SX chip 
with 2 MB of memory handles Desqview 
just fine, and the SupersPort SX is just 
an all-around better machine. Moreover, 
the battery lasts an honest 3 Vi hours, and 
you may get more. I find the SupersPort 
SX the closest thing yet to my home 

What the SupersPort SX isn't is light. 
By the time you get it into a case— and 
it's heavy enough that you'll need a case 
with a shoulder strap— it's a good 17 
pounds, and if you put anything else in 
the case, such as the power converter, 
that's even more. For all its versatility, 
it's no heavier than its 286 predecessor— 
but it's no lighter, either. 

On the other hand, I carry it, because 
much as I curse it while walking 3 miles 
in the Dallas Airport— I'm sure they use 
a linear program to maximize the dis- 
tances you have to walk— as soon as I get 
to my destination, or for that matter to 
the Admiral's Club if there's much of a 
layover, I'm glad I have it. The Travel- 
Mate 2000' s screen is reasonably bright, 
but it's nothing compared to the Super- 
sPort SX's; that screen is not merely visi- 
ble, but easy to read in any lighting con- 
ditions I've ever encountered. 

In fact, the SupersPort SX would be 
good enough to be your only computer, a 
proposition I'm about to test: we have ac- 
quired part-time use of a beach house 
here in San Diego, a place I can go to get 
away from telephones and modems and 
UPS deliveries so I can write fiction. The 
SupersPort SX accepts an external moni- 
tor and keyboard, and next time we come 
down that's what I'm going to bring: 
either a Zenith Flat Technology Monitor 
or a Princeton Graphic Systems Ultra- 14 
high-resolution monitor (excellent: more 
on that one next month) and one of the 
"Pournelle configuration" keyboards. 
I'll leave monitor and keyboard here and 
carry the SupersPort SX back and forth. 

After all, I have good reason to know 
that Zenith laptops are rugged: you may 
recall that a porter dropped my previous 
one on the tarmac just before I boarded 
an airplane for Europe, and it not only 
survived despite a cracked case but per- 
formed flawlessly. Cracked case and all, 
that machine is still in use. The Super- 
sPort SX, meanwhile, has been carried 
through three western states, down here 
to the beach, out into the Mojave, up to 
Mars Hill (8000 feet) in Flagstaff, and 
over many a bumpy road; and it works 
just fine. 

The bottom line is that of all the lap- 
tops I've tried, I like this SupersPort SX 
the best, despite its weight; enough so 
that I put up with the weight. 

Meanwhile, Roberta has dibs on the 
TravelMate 2000, which weighs a bit 
more than her Toshiba T1000 but is im- 
mensely more powerful; and she isn't 
willing to carry a SupersPort. In a few 
months, I'll have a detailed report on 
how the TravelMate 2000 stands up to 
life at Chaos Manor. 

American Heritage Dictionary 

I'm about out of space, so this will have 
to be brief: it works fine. I've installed 
the American Heritage Dictionary pro- 
gram on the SupersPort SX, set up a 
512K-byte Desqview window for it, and 
opened the program. It's memory-resi- 
dent, invoked with Control-left shift plus 
a letter (e.g., D for dictionary or T for 
thesaurus), and it comes up instantly in 
its window. I then loaded Q&A Write in 
the same window and brought up AHED 
inside that. No problem. 

Unlike Word Finder, which can be 
specially configured to work with Q&A 
Write so that it looks up the word the cur- 
sor is on when you invoke Word Finder, 
AHED simply asks what word you want 
to work on; but when you tell it, AHED is 
fast and efficient. 

The definitions are right out of the 


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actual American Heritage Dictionary. 
Alas, there's little about word origins. 
However, the AHED program will look 
up anagrams or search with wild cards 
(if, for instance, you aren't sure how to 
spell the word); and it really is fast, 
much faster than you'd be able to look up 
the word in the printed volume. 

AHED comes with an adequate but 
not fancy word processing program, 
Writer; it's a very vanilla little thing with 
simple commands intended for people 
who bought the dictionary and didn't 
have any editor; a lot better than nothing, 
but under those circumstances, I'd rec- 
ommend getting PC-Write and paying 
the shareware fee. 

AHED has a Search feature: tell it 
"fire AND burn" and it will, quickly, 
find and list all words whose definitions 
contain both those words. It doesn't take 
long for a writer to think of a lot of uses 
for that. 

I have a few minor quibbles on inter- 
face, and I do wish they'd left in the full 
etymologies instead of cutting them to 
the bone, but otherwise AHED is the 
American Heritage Dictionary on-line in 
all its glory, and it works just fine. If you 
want a dictionary program, this is as 
good as any I've seen. Recommended. 


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printing and publishing music is slow and 
expensive. I recall one friend who com- 
posed for films; he had to hand-draw his 
scores using the Ozalid process. A good 
music program would have been a god- 

Grandmaster's MusicEase lets you 
enter notes from the keyboard, or, if you 
have a MIDI, you can play notes that it 
will record. The samples I have seen, 
and a couple I have produced, are sure in 
the same league as hand-engraved. 

Writing the program took Gary Rader, 
the program's music professor author, 
quite a while, since it involves scanning 
in dozens of symbols for the weird and 
wonderful notations musicians need. 
The program works, and it produces 
acceptable drafts; the laser printer output 
looks as good as the stuff in my wife's 
opera books. I claim no musical exper- 
tise, so all I can say is that it looks great; 
meanwhile, here's my condensation of 
the description Professor Rader gives of 
the capabilities: 

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It looks to me as if this program goes a 
long way toward doing for music com- 
posers what word processors did for 

Winding Down 

There's so much to write about that I 
can't possibly get to it all, but first things 
first: John Eklund, curator of the History 
of Computers and Information Technol- 
ogy exhibit at the Smithsonian, just sent 
me a picture of Zeke II, my old friend 
who happens to be a CompuPro Z80, on 
display in their newest wing. Zeke looks 
happy enough, but I expect he gets lone- 
some. If you haven't been to the Smithso- 
nian lately, get over and say hello. I'm 
trying to get to Washington for a confer- 
ence on diamond film technology next 
month, and Til certainly drop by. 

I wanted to write a mini essay on why 
you should never buy a dedicated word 
processor because you get so much more 
bang for the buck from a computer: as for 
example the Gold Star XT clone, which 
sells for less than any dedicated word 
processor I know of, and yet is just as fast 
and a great deal more versatile. Better 
yet, get a good 386SX and you can have 
Desqview too. 

We're still working with the new DR 
DOS; they've about solved the problems 
of incompatibility with LANtastic. More 
on that when I learn more. 

The new Desqview and QEMM-386 
work fine with Windows 3.0; more on 
that next month. 

The book of the month is Arab and 
Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land 
by David Shipler (Penguin, 1987); really 
excellent. The CD-ROM of the month is 
Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony 
Number 9, for the Macintosh, from The 
Voyager Company, 1351 Pacific Coast 
Hwy., Santa Monica, CA 90401; mag- 
nificently done. 

The game of the month is still Micro- 
prose's Railroad Tycoon; every time I 
think I've had enough, I find myself 
playing it again. ■ 

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Getting Bigger 

High-end companies 
make groupware 
solutions into a fine art. 
But at what price? 

Last month I looked at group pro- 
ductivity and the newer group- 
ware vendors, as well as a way 
to create your own groupware 
solution. This month, I'll look at pack- 
ages from vendors that created the field 
of groupware. One of these firms, Wang, 
has made groupware into a fine art. 

In April 1989, I discussed earlier in- 
carnations of WordPerfect Office and 
Higgins. Both packages have been up- 
dated since then. I'm mentioning Wang's 
solution to group productivity for the 
first time, but it's a direction you may 
find worth investigating. 

Group productivity is a major reason 
that businesses use LANs. For routine 
uses, such as word processing, stand- 
alone computers work fine. But when 
several people have to work together, you 
need to find ways to support the interac- 
tion of the group as a whole. Where once 
you were satisfied when a document was 
generated, now you find that an entire 
workgroup must have access to it. This 
group access and the interaction that goes 
with it is one reason for the growth in 
group productivity software. 

The primary activity in a workgroup is 
communication. When several people 
are assigned to a task, they are expected 
to communicate with each other so that it 
will be a communal effort. If a work- 
group is set up so that the members are in 
close physical proximity, then communi- 
cation can be accomplished by talking. 
When they are physically separated, they 
need other means of communicating, 
such as E-mail. Useful groupware sup- 
ports this natural communication, while 


enhancing it with such functions as file 
transfer and automated scheduling. 

In the Beginning and Now 

WordPerfect Office and Higgins helped 
start the trend toward groupware. Al- 
though initially they were rather limited 
in functionality, they did support excel- 
lent E-mail services, and their schedul- 
ing packages automated what was other- 
wise a tiresome process. Unfortunately, 
at that time, neither was a total solution. 

WordPerfect Office chained you to a 
single file server and wouldn't let you at- 
tach binary files to its E-mail. Higgins 
had the same single server limit, and it 
didn't let you incorporate specific exter- 
nal software into the menu system. Both 
packages have now been updated and are 
as full of features as groupware could be. 

Then there's Wang, a company long 
known for being ubiquitous in office 
automation. Wang looked at group pro- 
ductivity with a fresh slate. It analyzed 

the work people did and how they did it; 
it also looked at ways to get those people 
usually left out of the group productivity 
solution, such as managers, into the auto- 
mated group. Looking at the results of 
their studies, Wang engineers decided a 
couple of important things: 

• Managers can't type. 

• Managers are used to dealing with 
paper forms. 

Knowing how to type is usually neces- 
sary for successful computer use. But 
managers are used to pencils. So Wang 
invented a way to let people use a pencil 
to run their computers, at least with 
Wang Office and Wang Freestyle appli- 
cations. You're still on your own with 
third-party applications, though; if you 
go the pencil route, you can't take advan- 
tage of non- Wang-compatible software. 

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cations that allow nearly all office work, 
from voice mail to routing, to be done on 
the computer. They support digital im- 
aging, so you can scan in your favorite 
forms and process them electronically. 
They also support digitized voice, so you 
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They handle voice input in real time, so 
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explain what's going on and see your an- 
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Use Tools You're Familiar With 

Unlike the other groupware packages, 
the Wang solution includes hardware as 
well as software. Freestyle requires the 
use of the attached electronic pencil and 
tablet, and you can add a scanner, a fax 
server, and a telephone. A version of 
Freestyle, called Freestyle/Light, does 
not require specialized hardware. Wang 
Office provides the more traditional 
groupware functions, such as E-mail, 
but it also supports Freestyle. 

Let's say, for example, that I send 
BYTE editor Ken Sheldon my Comdex 
travel expense voucher over the BYTE 
LAN, so that he can approve it and I can 
get paid for my services. Ken would re- 
ceive the digitized image of my com- 
pleted and signed voucher in his E-mail. 
When he looked at the image and noted 
the expenses I'd recorded, he could also 
hear my voice over a Wang telephone at- 
tached to the computer, giving all the 
reasons why I might have exceeded the 
per diem. Ken could then sign his ap- 

proval on the voucher using the electron- 
ic pencil attached to the tablet. His signa- 
ture would show up on the screen and 
would be added to the digitized image. 

Once the voucher was signed, Ken 
could forward it to the proper department 
for payment, or somewhere else for fur- 
ther action. With Wang Office, you can 
also use an electronic pencil and tablet to 
make menu selections. Thus, if he chose 
to, Ken could complete the whole trans- 
action using those tools rather than hav- 
ing to type anything. Of course, the peo- 
ple on both ends must use the Wang 
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cess isn't simple to implement. 

An Alternative GUI 

While other groupware packages are 
built around menus, Wang uses a graphi- 
cal desktop metaphor. Documents are 
placed in file folders where they stay on 
your virtual desktop in the same types of 
piles that you have on your real desktop. 
If you're using groupware, though, this 
may be the only graphical user interface 
you have. 

I was not able to get WordPerfect 
Office to work with Microsoft Windows. 
Higgins is supposed to work with Win- 
dows and Desqview, but I haven't yet 
proven this for myself. 


To be an effective productivity solution, 
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an organizational commitment. While 
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phone to receive voice messages. But 
once you make the commitment, Free- 
style and Office allow groups, even those 
scattered around the globe, to work to- 
gether as if they were in the same room. 

Of course, you have to make an orga- 
nizational commitment to WordPerfect 
Office and Higgins, too. Both packages 
reside on the file server, and because 
they are software, they can be run from 
any IBM PC-compatible computer. Hig- 
gins sells its licenses for groups of five; 
WordPerfect offers individual licenses. 
You'll need to license every user you plan 
to have using these packages. If you only 
automate part of the group, the rest will 
be hard pressed to work. 

WordPerfect Office continues to be 
the program to beat for ease of integra- 
tion into the office. Since it works just 
like WordPerfect, nearly everyone al- 
ready knows how to use it. In addition, it 
installs easily, is intuitive, and has clear 
documentation. Your coworkers will not 
waste time puzzling over confusing 
screens or obscure commands. 

Higgins is greatly improved over its 

earlier version. The menu structure is 
more carefully thought out, and its user 
interface is much improved. Unfortu- 
nately, I couldn't get the software to 
work with NetWare 386, and the docu- 
mentation was so weak that I couldn't 
figure out why. However, I was able to 
install it on an earlier version. 

WordPerfect Office's installation 
does not work flawlessly with NetWare 
386. You have to enter the user names 
manually because of differences be- 
tween versions 2.15 and 3.0. At least 
there is an alternative method, however, 
to perform the installation. 

Finding Groupware 

There's no question that a well-designed 
groupware package can enhance the pro- 
ductivity of your business. If you can get 
people to use the package, they will find 
that it makes their communications eas- 
ier and faster. And if your personnel are 
physically separated from each other, the 
benefits of groupware are even greater. 

Because all three of these packages 
can communicate over long distances 
using wide-area networks, fax gateways, 
or public E-mail networks, you can form 

workgroups in places where not too long 
ago you couldn't. This kind of software 
really does let groups work better togeth- 
er. Since it prevents the familiar time 
killers of telephone tag and synchroniz- 
ing meeting schedules, groupware can 
make the work more productive as well. 
While Wang has given u s a total solu- 
tion to group productivity, not all compa- 
nies need something so comprehensive. 
Some can work just as well with a nice E- 
mail package that provides a way to set 
up meetings and share information. All 
three of these packages offer those capa- 
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Wayne Rash Jr. is a contributing editor 
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I've Got DIBs 

bit maps and 
palette management 
make the PC a 
serious color platform 

Time was, you could count the 
number of display options for 
the PC on the fingers of one 
hand, without letting go of your 
teacup. Now, a PC can be equipped with 
any of hundreds of displays, from porta- 
ble low-resolution gray-scale LCDs to 
colossal high-resolution 24-bit color 

Now consider its documentation's 
view of the Windows bit map: "a matrix 
of memory bits that, when copied to a de- 
vice, defines the color and pattern of a 
corresponding matrix of pixels on the de- 
vice's display surface." In other words, 
it's a memory image compatible with a 
specific display. The Windows 3.0 docu- 
mentation dryly says: "Each device has 
its own unique color format. In order to 
transfer a bit map from one device to an- 
other, use GetDIBits and SetDIBits." 

DIBs: Device-Independent Bit Maps 

The DI in GetDIBits stands for device- 
independent. Instead of mimicking the 
planar structure of a given display, the 
DIB format contains a Bitmapinfo data 
structure that describes the bit map, plus 
the actual array of bytes that defines the 
pixels of the bit map. All well and good, 
but that is not the end of the story. 

DIBs first surfaced in OS/2 1 . 1 as the 
Graphics Programming Interface bit 
map. The designers of Presentation Man- 
ager understood the problems of the 
Windows 2.0 bit map and wanted to 
avoid them. The OS/2 1.1 Bitmapinfo 
structure specifies the width and height 
of the bit map in pels (i.e., picture ele- 

ments—called pixels in the Windows 
documentation and pels in the OS/2 doc- 
umentation), the number of bit planes, 
and the number of bits per pel within a 
plane. It can also contain a color table to 
accommodate devices like the VGA that 
can display a certain number of colors 
from a larger palette— in the case of 
VGA, 256 colors out of 256,000. 

The OS/2 1 . 1 Bitmapinfo structure is 
fine as far as it goes, but it doesn't go far 
enough. Bit maps can be very large: A 
256-color bit map at 640 by 480 pels is 
about 300K bytes. That number is inde- 
pendent of the image. Without compres- 
sion, even an all-black bit map will be 
that big. 

The Windows 3.0 Bitmapinfo struc- 
ture, which carries over into OS/2 2.0 as 
the Bitmapinfo2 structure, allows for 
run-length-encoded images with 4 or 8 
bits per pixel. While not as effective as 
the Ziv-Lempel compression that Graph- 
ics Interchange Format (GIF) images 

use, RLE compression will reduce large 
areas of a single color to a few bytes. 

The new structure also specifies the 
resolution for which the DIB was cre- 
ated, the number of color indexes actu- 
ally used by the bit map, and the number 
of colors considered important for dis- 
playing the bit map. Windows 3.0 allows 
images with 1, 4, 8, or 24 bits per pixel 
and restricts the number of planes to 1. 

OS/2 2 . adds some extra fields to the 
DIB format. These govern, among other 
things, recording order (i.e., direction of 
scan when a bit map paints), color encod- 
ing, and halftoning. Windows 3.0 does 
not use these fields. Even OS/2 2.0 does 
not use them all yet. Although it does 
support halftoning, it has only one option 
for recording order (bottom-to-top) and 
one for color encoding (RGB structures). 

Getting DIBs 

Assuming you have installed Windows 
3.0, you can find a small collection of 


DECEMBER 1990 -BYTE 101 


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can download from the "ibm.os2 list- 
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GIF images are in the "photo listings" 
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area and the microsoft conference; you 
can find thousands of GIF images in 
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TIFF, and TARGA), you may have to re- 
sort to a utility program, such as HiJaak 
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I mentioned palettes briefly when I was 
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the Windows 3.0 Software Development 
Kit (SDK), you can see the palette change 
if you run the SHOWDIB and MYPAL 
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images with Windows PBRUSH. 

Suppose two windows want different 
palettes. The palette manager gives pri- 
ority to the active (foreground) window; 
background windows can take the leav- 
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up two images with different palettes and 
bringing them to the front alternately. 
You'll see the active image snap into its 
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On a 24-bit "true-color" display, the 
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ette. Applications have to be aware of 
what sort of display they're running on 
and what sort of DIB they're displaying 
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Getting Up to Speed 

I recently added DIB display and print- 
ing to EnPlot and Room Planner, two 
Windows 3.0 applications I've written. 
(EnPlot is a data-visualization and data- 
analysis program for scientists and engi- 
neers; Room Planner is a room-layout 
package for the hospitality industry.) To 
do that, I copied the SDK examples, 
modified the code somewhat to preserve 
my applications' mapping and back- 
ground modes, and wrote a few "glue 
routines." It took me about two days to 
add DIB support to Room Planner, and 
another day to add it to EnPlot. 

A big issue I had to address was what 
size the bit map should be on the screen. 
The natural size of a bit map is its dimen- 
sion in pixels. But I wanted my applica- 
tions to be WYSIWYG, and the resolu- 
tion of a laser printer is about four times 
the resolution of a screen, so that a bit- 
map image that is full-screen covers 
about l /i 6 -page when it is printed. 

Rather than explicitly scale the image 
to each resolution, I took advantage of 
Windows mapping modes. Room Plan- 
ner uses MM.ISOTROPIC mode, with 
the window extent set big enough to show 

the room dimensions in units of tenths of 
a foot; with this system, a bit map that is 
100 by 200 pixels will be drawn the same 
size as a platform that measures 10 by 20 
feet, no matter what the device resolu- 

There are about half a dozen ways of 
getting the device-independent bit map 
from disk to screen. I chose to read in the 
file (being careful of the 64K-byte limit 
on far pointers), keep it in memory in 
DIB format, create a palette for it, and 
then send it to the screen or printer with 
StretchDIBits, since this is the only 
Graphics Device Interface function that 
correctly converts colors (i.e., to shades 
of gray) and scales the bit map as needed. 

W hen drawing to the screen, I set the 
background mode to transparent, select 
and realize the palette, call StretchDI- 
Bits, and then restore the old palette and 
background mode. When drawing to the 
printer, I skip the palette manager calls. 
After I've drawn the bit map, I release its 

If I were drawing the same bit map 
over and over, I would probably convert 
the DIB to a screen-compatible memory 
bit map of the correct size once with Set- 

DIBits, and then I would BitBlt the con- 
verted bit map to the screen as needed, 
avoiding multiple conversions and gain- 
ing a little speed. As it is, my application 
may be drawing multiple bit maps that 
could not all reside in memory simulta- 
neously, so the StretchDIBits method 
is as good as anything. 

What Does It All Mean? 

Now that Windows 3.0 (and OS/2 2.0) 
support device-independent bit maps and 
palette management, the PC is ready to 
become a serious color platform. 

Not everyone can afford a 24-bit color 
display, but an 8-bit Super VGA with pal- 
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than acceptable job of image display. 
Color separation, animation, and image- 
processing software aren't far behind. ■ 

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the Rest of Them have been cranking out 
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Windows 3.0 is a major improvement as 
far as DOS-based graphical user inter- 
faces (GUIs) go. 

Apple, after some dithering about, 
took muster and waged the battle of the 
market share on two fronts. It took the 
high ground in March with its introduc- 
tion of the Mac Ilf x, the first-ever Mac 
clocked at 40 MHz. In October, Apple 
began the blitzkrieg on the low end with 
three new low-cost Macs. Just as impor- 
tant, the company slashed prices on the 
existing models. 

Apple's attack plan so far has been im- 
pressive, but it's not without flaws. The 
Mac Ilf x's much-touted SCSI DMA will 
not •work with anything but A/UX. Sys- 
tem 7.0 still hasn't seen the light of day. 
The features on the low-cost Macs are 
so-so, including their pricing. If Apple is 
indeed in the market-share battle for the 
long haul, I wonder whether it will have 
the nerve to reduce prices further if the 
situation warrants it. In other words, 
we've gone through another year of some 
improvements to the Mac and its soft- 
ware, but we're still waiting for the next 
Mac revolution. I'm getting pretty itchy 
waiting for it to come. 

The one place I see a difference is not 
in the volleys from the big guns over- 


head, but when I look in the trenches 
where the small Mac developers hunker 
down. Try as we might, we just can't kill 
these little guys. We entice them with 
promises of greater profits (Windows 
3.0), hotter development systems (Next- 
Step), and other baubles, but they stick to 
the Mac like glue. 

Whatever the reason, it's these folks 
who make the most interesting Mac soft- 
ware today, and who typically define 
new software categories. These develop- 
ers think about more than just adding 
more features to a word processor or bet- 
ter kerning to a page-layout system. They 
think about what might be possible with 
a Mac. 

The Mac Gets Inspired 

Not surprisingly, one of the newer Mac 
products I've found is called Inspiration 
2.0. It's from a tiny family-owned com- 
pany called Ceres Software in Portland, 
Oregon, and it's been around for a year 

now, largely ignored. I spent a pleasant 
time conversing with its creator, Don 
Helfgott. He calls his program a thought 
processor, but that doesn't do it justice. 

Inspiration 2.0 takes the Mac's ability 
to give you a consistent and meaningful 
GUI and lets you brainstorm, cranking 
out ideas by the bushel basket. It then or- 
ganizes the ideas in a way that helps you 
realize what, if anything, you've really 
invented. Inspiration 2.0 is sort of a vi- 
sual diagraming and outlining tool inter- 
weaved with a simple word processor. 
It's the first computer aid to creative 
thinking I've tried that actually works— 
and I've tried them all. 

The theory behind Inspiration 2.0 
goes something like this. Databases, 
word processors, and spreadsheets store 
and access information in ways that don't 
help us relate information more clearly, 
because they fail to distinguish between 
right-brain thinking (i.e., creativity, 
images, comprehension, imagination, 

DECEMBER 1990 'BYTE 105 


Poly nomlals 

Inspiration 2. combines visual 
diagraming and outlining with a simple 
word processor. This Inspiration 
flowchart outlines the general algorithm 
for factoring a polynomial, as shown 
in listing 1. 

visualization, music, and daydreaming) 
and left-brain thinking (i.e., logic, se- 
quence, reasoning, and analysis). Inspi- 
ration 2.0 works by filling the gap be- 
tween these two kinds of thinking. 

Other programs have promised to ac- 
centuate the synergy between the right 
and left brains. Neil Larson's Maxthink, 
early versions of Dave Winer's Think- 
Tank outliner, ODS's Consultant, and 
a myriad of other shareware have all 
skipped through this software minefield 
before. None of them really pulled it off, 
however, because they just didn't have a 
good model to implement. 

Inspiration 2.0 has a good model, and 
that's why it succeeds. Rather than try- 
ing to be all things to all thinkers, the 
Helfgotts have pinned down their cus- 
tomers—writers, entrepreneurs, creative 
directors, analysts, planners, educators, 
and consultants. 

They did not make Inspiration 2.0 
some kind of unwieldy general manage- 
ment tool, or imbue it with powerful fea- 
tures that its target audience will not 
need. In short, they didn't kitchen-sink 
this product by trying to make it fit the 
needs of a general presentation tool, a 
business graphics package, or a free- 
form charting tool. 

The only thing that Inspiration 2.0 as- 
sumes is that you think visually. If you 
never leave the mental domain of num- 
bers and text, Inspiration 2.0 won't do a 
thing for you. But if you think in terms of 
relationships and their organization, this 
program must be tried to be appreciated. 

I've spent the last month doing just 
that. In fact, I've fallen into its organiza- 


1 : This listing was derived from the Inspiration flowchart shown 

in the figure. 

Factoring polynomials 

Is there a common factor of all terms? 

Count number of terms 


Difference of two squares 

a2 - b2 = 

(a + b) 

(a -b) 

Sum of two cubes 

a3 + b3 = 

(a + b) 

(a2 - ab + b2) 

Difference of two cubes 

a3 - b3 = 

(a - b) 

(a2 + ab + b2) 


Trial and error or AC method 

Four terms 

Factor by grouping 

Factor out common factor 

tional metaphors so easily that it's some- 
times hard to go back to a more tradi- 
tional outliner like More or Acta. I'm 
now using Inspiration 2.0 in my intro- 
ductory programming class (in which I 
teach HyperCard 2.0 and HyperTalk) to 
help my students invent and categorize 
algorithms and get them into a form that 
will suggest code to them. 

One way Inspiration 2.0 does that is by 
letting them come at both ends of a pro- 
gramming problem at the same time. My 
students learn about top-down design and 
bottom-up testing right from the start, 
but one thing they often miss is the inter- 
action between the two. Because Inspira- 
tion 2.0 can present your information 
either as a free-form chart or as an out- 
line, you can use the chart to plan your 
global program segments (top-down de- 
sign) and the outliner to punch out the 
code necessary for each segment (bot- 
tom-up testing). 

In a flowchart created with Inspiration 
2.0 (shown at left), the general algorithm 
for factoring a polynomial has been out- 
lined. To code individual segments of 
this algorithm, you switch to Inspira- 
tion's outline view, where you can bang 
out and reorganize all the code state- 
ments (see listing 1). This sort of view 
change doesn't really scream to be no- 
ticed, but it's exactly the kind of subtle 
capability that makes Inspiration 2.0 so 

Inspiration 2.0 isn't flashy, it isn't full 
of multimedia bells and whistles, it 
doesn't fit any traditional business com- 
puting category, and it's not expensive. 
Yet it's exactly the kind of software that 
made the Mac a ground-breaking ma- 
chine and keeps me hoping for better 
things. It's one more reason why the Mac 
can easily play the power, performance, 
and usable facility game with any desk- 
top computer. 

Tip of the Month: Software Bridge 

If you have to work between a Mac and 
the rest of the world— whether that world 
includes other Macs or PCs, whether on 
a network or running stand-alone— you 
need some good file filters or format 
converters. And if most of your work is 
with text on vastly different word proces- 
sors, you need world-class translators. 
The only company I know that provides 
such high-class translators is Systems 
Compatibility. It makes the Software 
Bridge for the PC and the Mac. 

The Software Bridge costs $129, pack- 
ing together a set of Apple File Exchange 
translators that cover 24 different word 
processor formats in one of 380 possible 
translator pairings. You can choose from 

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Word 3. Ox and 4.0, MacWrite II, Micro- 
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Quarterdeck ... NCP 

6422 DQRAM1.0 49. 

3221 DExpanded Memory Mgr. 386 5.1 . 59. 

3220 DDESQView2.3 79. 

4586 DDESQView386 5.1 129. 


Reality Technologies ... NCP 

6572 H WealthBuilder by Money Magazine 1.1- 
Save & invest wisely. Set financial goals & 
achieve them. Plan for retirement a child ; s 
education ; a home. Optimize your portfolio 
& track all of your investments $145. 

Reality Technologies ... NCP 

7891 HWealthStarter 1.0 $49. 

6572 HWealthBuilder 1.1 145. 

Reference Software ... NCP 

4396 HGrammatik IV 1 .0 52. 

7483 HGrammatik for Windows 1.0 52. 

Revolution Software ... NCP 
4480 SVGA Dimmer 2.01 (screen saver) . 29. 

RightSoft ... NCP 
4155 HRightWriter4.0 55. 

Samna ... NCP 
5799 HAmi Professional 1 .2 309. 

Sitka/TOPS ... NCP 

6675 DTOPS Network Bundle 3.0 159. 

3720 Flashcard 2.1 (AppleTalk network card; 

1 year warranty) 155. 

6649 Hlnbox (20 user) (electronic mail) . 219. 

Softlogic Solutions ... NCP 
3542 DSoftware Carousel 4.0 55. 

Software Publishing ... NCP 
7769 HPFSPreface 1 .0 (with Viruscan) . . 49. 
3499 DPFS:First Publisher 3.0 

(with Deluxe Paint II) 99. 

3478 DPFS:First Choice 3.02 

(with Prodigy) 105. 

3496 DProfessional Write 2.2 

(with Professional File) 179. 

3495 HProfessional Plan 1.01 69. 

3482 D Harvard Graphics 2.3 359. 

4766 HFirst Choice Network 299. 

7507 HProfessional Writer Network 2.0. 349. 
7513 HProfessional File Network 2.0 .. . 379. 

3483 HHarvard Graphics Network 2.0 . 599. 
4342 HFirst Graphics 1 .0 99. 

Software Ventures ... NCP 
6889 HMicroPhone II for Windows 215. 

Solution Systems .. . NCP 
7977 HBrief 3.0 (Programmer's Editor) . 155. 

Spinnaker ... NCP 

7604 HPLUS for Windows 1.0 289. 

4441 DResume Kit 1 .32 25. 

4446 DEight In One 2.0 39. 

Systat ... NCP 
7415 HSystat/SyGraph 5.0 649. 

Symantec ... NCP 

3152 HNorton Commander 3.0 105. 

6397 HThe Norton Backup 1.1 105. 

3146 HThe Norton Utilities 5.0 125. 

3425 DQ&A3.0 229. 

3431 DTimeline 4.0 469. 

Systems Compatibility ... NCP 

6564 DSoftware Bridge 4.1 79. 

6570 DSoftware Bridge LAN 4.1 155. 


2987 DTimeslips III 4.0 195. 

4277 DTimeslips III Network 399. 

6994 DPercentEdge 1 .0 , 69. 

Timeworks ... NCP 
6253 HPublish-lt! 1.1 115. 

Touchstone Software ... NCP 
7420 HChecklt3.0 89. 

Traveling Software .. . NCP 
5179 HLapLinklll3.0 95. 

True BASIC ... NCP 
3561 HTrue BASIC 2.1 52. 

Vericomp ... NCP 
6771 HMemory Master 1.1 45. 


4603 ^Andrew Tobias' Tax Cwr-New power 
for handling your 1990 taxes. Import data 
from Quicken and/or TurboTax ; read last 
year ; s Tax Cut data ; and print your return- 
all with new versatility $49. 

Volkswriter ... NCP 

6246 nVolkswriter-4 1.02 109. 

West Lake Data Corp. ... NCP 
7577 DPC-FullBak-K 1.12 52. 

7574 ePathMinder+ 1.0 79. 

7575 ElValuePak (7'nc/udes 4 programs). . 69. 
WordPerfect Corp. ... NCP 

7781 HLetterPerfect 1.0 135. 

3804 DWordPerfect 5.1 265. 

6685 HDrawPerfect 1.1 279. 

WordStar International ... NCP 

6791 DWordStarProf. 6.0 279. 

7605 DWordStar 6.0 Network 345. 

Xerox ... NCP 
7796 H Ventura Publisher for Windows 3.0 569. 

6161 HXTreePro Gold 1 .4 85. 

ZSoft ... NCP 

7016 HPC Paintbrush IV Plus 1 .0 119. 

7014 HPC Paintbrush Plusfor Windows 1.12 89. 

Software Publishing ... NCP 

Holiday Bundles- "Free for all promotion! ;; 

7769 ^Preface (with Viruscan) $49. 

3499 DFirst Publisher (with Deluxe Paint II). 99. 

3478 DFirst Choice (with Prodigy) 105. 

3496 DProfessional Wnte(w/Profcssional Tile) 179. 


to do complex math? 

Broderbund ... CP 

8068 B Where in the World is Cartnen Sandiego 
Deluxe Mtion-Chasc Carmen & her band of 
thieves through 45 countries. Video & audio 
enhanced with location graphics provided 
by the National Geographic Society . . $52. 








Accolade ... CP 

□Test Drive II: The Duel 32. 

□Jack Nicklaus' Unlimited Golf & 

Course Design 39. 

HSearchforthe King 39. 

Bible Research Systems ... NCP 

□The Word 4.3 (KJorNIV) 159. 

Broderbund ... CP 

HWhere/Time Carmen Sandiego? . 32. 

HWhere in the World is Carmen 

Sandiego Deluxe Edition 52. 

HSimCity 33. 

Electronic Arts ... NCP 

eAbrams Battletank 11 . 

□TV Sports Basketball 39. 

□ Populous 39. 

□ Harpoon 45. 

H Deluxe Paint II (Enhanced) 89. 

Toyogo ... NCP 

7676 @Go Mister Deluxe-Chaos Manor Users 
Choice Award 1990 (Byte 4/90). Unites the 
Go playing abilities of Go Master, the corner- 
opening tutorial Joseki ; s Genius ; and the life 
and death consultant, Tactical Wizard. $88. 

HyperGlot ... NCP 

7849 DWord Torture- French $29. 

7853 DWord Torture - Spanish 29. 

Lucas Film . .. CP 

8113 HPipe Dream 19. 

7583 Dlndiana Jones &L.C 35. 

5803 DTheir Finest Hour (Battle of Britain) 42. 

Microsoft ... NCP 
7881 □Entertainment Pk for Windows 1.0 29. 
2858 □Flight Simulator 4.0 39. 

Microsoft Press (Books) 
8127 Working with Word for Windows ... 20. 

8126 Running with DOS 4th Edition 20. 

8129 Running Windows (2nd Edition) ... 22. 
8136 Running Microsoft Excel 22. 

Parlor Software ... CP 
3159 nBridge Parlor 2.3 49. 

Penton Overseas .. . NCP 

HVocabuLearn/ce Levels I & II (French, 

Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, 

Hebrew and Japanese) each 39. 

Sierra On-Line ... CP 

6023 HLeisure Suit Larry III 39. 

6796 HCodename: Iceman 39. 

6972 HConquestsof Camelot 39. 

5106 HSpace Quest III 39. 

7972 DKing's Quest V 45. 

Spectrum Holobyte ... NCP 

3467 HTetris 22. 

5993 HWelltris 22. 

5817 HVette 25. 

7602 HFaces 32. 

Spinnaker ... NCP 
5580 DSargon IV (Chess Game) 32. 

Software Toolworks ... NCP 

6436 ElHunt for Red October 20. 

4659 HChessmaster 2100 (CP) 35. 

4534 HMavis Beacon Typing 35. 

7372 eWorld Atlas 42. 

7879 HU.S.A. Atlas 42. 

Stone & Assoc. ... NCP 
7564 HYoung Math (ages 5 to 8) 22. 

3434 HKids Stuff (ages 2 to 6) 22. 

3435 a Letters, Numbers, Words (ages 2-6) 22. 

3436 BMemory Lane (ages 2 to6) 22. 

5231 HPhonics Plus 22. 

3439 H2nd Math (ages 7 to 16) 27. 

3433 HAIgebra Plus Vol 1 (ages 13+) ... 27. 

Toyogo ... NCP 

7676 HNemesisGo Master Deluxe 88. 

True BASIC, Inc. ... NCP 

El Kemeny/Kurtz Math Series, each 45. 


Manufacturer's standard limited 
warranty period for items shown is 
listed after each company name. 
Some products in their line may 
have different warranty periods. 


"■■-""'-'•■ ?"c.V 

Microsoft ... NCP 

7881 DEnterminment Pack for Windows 1.0-A 
collection of games and a screen saver made 
especially for Microsoft Windows 3.0. The 
perfect gift for any Windows user! ... $29. 





American Power ... 2 years 

APC Smart-UPS 400 339. 

360SX (stand-by power source). . . 219. 
450 AT (stand-by power source). . . 279. 
520ES (stand-by power source). . . 329. 
AST Research ... 2 years 

SixPakPlus384kC/S/P 179. 

SixPak286 0k 105. 

RAMpage Plus 286 512k 419. 

RAMpage Plus MC 512k 419. 

VGA Plus Video Card (256K 

expandable to 512K) 199. 

Boca Research ... 5 years 

(LIM 4.0 extended) 125. 

BOC ARAM/XT OK (0-2 Meg, LIM 4.0) 99. 
TophAT (16-bit backfill 51 2K to 640K) 99. 

l/OBoardforAT 59. 

I/O Board for MicroChannel S/S/P . 109. 
SuperVGA (800 x 600, 16/8 bit) . . . 115. 
1 2 4 VG A ( 16 bit non-interlaced) . . 149. 


PC Connection 790B 

6 Mill Street 

Marlow, NH 03456 

SALES 603/446-7721 FAX 603/446-7791 

CH Products ... lyear 

Pick the stick the pros use, & the thrills are on 
us. HightStick w/FREE Falcon! New two-port ; 
automatic gamecards complete the package. 

8119 HightStick wfFalcon & GameCardlll $79. 

8120 HightStick w/Falcon 61 GameCardMCA 95. 


Or what odd glitch 

The InteP Math Coprocessor, 

helps save you time. r 

Intel ... 5 years 

80187XL & 80l87XLTMath CoProcessors-Kuns 
up to 50% taster than other 80287 math chips. 
The 80287X1, works in virtually every 80286- 
based PC ; and the 80287X1 J is made 
especially for Compaq LTE/286. . each $199. 

Bravo Communications ... 2 years 

7400 2 Pos. Laser Compatible Switch Box 109. 
Brother International ... 1 year 

5787 HL-8e Laser Printer (HP2comp.). 1399. 

Canon ... 1 year 
7894 BJ-10e BubbleJet Printer^. 6 lb.). 349. 
7896 Sheetfeederfor BJ-10e 75. 

CH Products .. . 1 year 
7341 Gamecard III Plus (for MicroChannel) 49. 
7935 Gamecard III -Automatic 33. 

8119 FlightStickw/Falcon&GameCardlll . 79. 

8120 RightStick w/Falcon & GameCard MCA 95. 
7345 Rollermouse (Trackball) serial 85. bus 99. 

Compucable ... 2 years 

1604 2-Position switch box 25. 

1605 3-Position switch box 35. 

Cuesta Systems ... 1 year 

1608 400 Watt DataSaver 429. 

5130 600 Watt DataSaver 599. 

Curtis ... lifetime 
1704 Universal Printer Stand PS-1 18. 

!teWM»aitf386Whdps . 

Intel ... 5 years 

2346 Inboard 386/PC with Free Samna Ami- 
Gives you 80386 processing power ; 1 Mb 
RAM ; and Samna ; s powerful Windows- 
based word processor (regularly at $129). 
30 Day Money Back Guarantee $519. 

1694 EmeraldSP-2 $36. 

1708 Ruby-Plus SPF-2 Plus 65. 

7358 Command Center 93. 

Glass Filter Plus (specify size) . . ea. 65. 

Data Technology ... 1 year 
6249 5280 (AT Floppy/Hard Controller). . 119. 
6248 7280 (AT Floppy/Hard Controller) . 129. 

Datadesk ... 3 years 
6901 Switchboard 175. 

Epson ... 1 year 

We are an authorized Epson Service Center. 
1906 FX-850 (80 col., 264 cps, 9 pin) . . . call 
1904 FX-1050(736co/., 264 cps, 9 pin). . call 

5183 LQ-510 (80 col., 180 cps, 24 pin). . . call 
1930 LQ-850 (80 col., 264 cps, 24 pin) . . call 
1917 LQ-1050 (136 col., 264 cps, 24 pin) call 

5184 LX-810 (80 col., 180 cps, 9 pin) .... call 
1052 Printer-to-IBM cable(6feefj 15. 

7775 Equity LT286e Laptop 1995. 

7774 Equity LT386SX Laptop 3069. 

Removable Hard Drives for Epson Laptops 

7776 20 Meg . . 499. 7777 40 Meg . . 699. 

Intel ... 5 years 

Above Boards-mi Quarterdeck QRAM 
and Manifest with any Above Board or 
piggyback; now through December 31 ; 
1990! see Intel listing for prices. 

5th Generation . .. 1 year 

7157 Logical Connection Plus 512k. . . . 599. 
Hayes ... 2 years 

2307 Smartmodem 2400 349. 

8049 JT-FAX 9600B 499. 

7391 Ultra 9600 Modem 899. 

Hewlett-Packard ... 1 year 

7976 DeskJet 500 (w/ink cartridge) .... 599. 

6754 LaserJet III (w/toner) 1699. 

6582 LaserJet I IP (w/t oner) 1069. 

Intel ... 5 years 

6421 2400B MNP Internal Modem 199. 

4696 2400B Internal Modem 159. 

2352 2400B Internal Modem 2 (for PS/2) 249. 

5119 2400 Baud External Modem 179. 

6420 2400EX MNP Modem 229. 

7880 9600EX Modem 549. 

2346 Inboard 386/PC w/1 Meg (wftree Ami) 519. 
2348 Inboard 386/PC w/1 Meg Piggyback 349. 
4646 Inboard 386/PC w/4 Meg Piggyback 669. 

4266 Above Board Plus 512k 369. 

4267 Above Board Plus I/O 512k 399. 

Intel ... 5 years 

7880 9600EX Afa/e/w-Provides ultra-fast data 
communications without sacrificing compat- 
ibility. Supports V.32 & V.42 9600 bps opera- 
tion; as well as MNP Level/5 and Hayes 
compatible 2400/1200/300 bps modes . $549. 
















Above Board Plus 8 2 Meg 599. 

Above Board Plus 8 I/O 2 Meg . . . 629. 

Above Board 2 Plus 512k 469. 

Above Board MC 32 0k 359. 

SatisFAXtion (fax board) 399. 

NetPort (3 year warranty) 489. 


80287XL (16 MHz 80286 CPU's)... 199. 

80387SX (16 MHz 80386SX CPU's) 309. 

80387 (16 MHz 80386 CPU's) 349. 

80387-20 (20 MHz 80386 CPU's) 399. 
80387-25 (25 MHz80386 CPU's) 429. 

8087 (4.77 MHz 8088 CPU's) 89. 

8087-2 (8 MHz 8088 CPU's) 129. 

Kensington Microware ... 1 year 

Master Piece Plus 109. 

Expert Mouse serial. . 119. bus. . 129. 
Keytronic ... 3 years 

101 Plus Keyboard 99. 

Kraft ... 5 years 

3 button Thunder Joystick 29. 

Trackball 59. 

G/S+ (microchannel game card) . . 79. 
Game Card/Thunderstick Bundle . . 55. 

KI30 Joystick 29. 

TopTrack (Laptop Trackball) 79. 

Logitech ... limited lifetime 

C9 Mouse for PS/2's 69. 

C9 Mouse with Windows 149. 

HiREZ Mouse (C9) 85. 

Trackman (Trackball) serial 85. bus 89. 
ScanMan Plus (hand scanner) ... 185. 
Scan Man Plus (MicroChannel) . . . 219. 

ScanMan 256 319. 

Magnavox ... 1 year 
CM9032 (73" l/G^Mon/fo/; 

.42 dot pitch) 299. 

9CM082 (73" VG^Mon/fo/; 

.37 dot pitch) 349. 

Micron Technology ... 2 years 
Intensify 2 Meg Expansion for HP 

LaserJet IIP or III 175. 

Intensify 2 Meg Expansion for HP 
LaserJet II or IID 219. 

your hard disk hath? 

Microsoft Press 

Best MS-DOS & Windows computing books. 
8127 Working with Word for Windows .... $20. 

8126 Running with DOS (4th Edition) 20. 

8129 Running Windows (2nd Edition) 22. 

8136 Running Microsoft Excel 22. 

Intensify 4 Meg Expansion for HP 

LaserJet 1 1 or IID 357. 

Beyond Memory Board for PS/2 

Model 70 (2 Meg) 265. 

Microsoft ... lifetime 

Microsoft Mouse 89. 

Mouse with Paintbrush 109. 

Mouse with Windows 3.0 149. 

MicroSpeed ... 1 year 

PC-TRAC Trackball (incl. copy of Welftris) 

serial 75. 6008 bus 85. 

Inport 79. 6330 PS/2 79. 

Mouse Systems ... lifetime 
Trackball (1 yr. wrnty.) serial 75. bus 85. 

PC Mouse III 99. 

NEC ... 2 years 

Multisync 2 A (VGA Monitor) 499. 

Multisync 3D Monitor 689. 

Orchid Technologies ... 4 years 

Peanut VGA (256k) 129. 

ProDesigner VGA II (1024 x 768). . 299. 

ProDesigner/e (256k) 209. 

8 /ie Memory Card (1 Meg) 349. 

PC Power & Cooling ... 1 year 
Turbo Cool 1 50 (25°- 40° cooler). 129. 

Turbo Cool 300 165. 

Silencer 150 (84% noise reduction) 115. 
lnnersource2210(/ntema/l/PSJ . . 399. 
Pacific Data Products ... 1 year 
25 Cartridges in One! (for U II, IIP, IID) 275. 

25 Cartridges in One! (for U III) 349. 

Memory upgrade for LaserJet IIP/Ill 
1 Meg . . . 149. 7055 2 Meg .. . 199. 
3 Meg . . . 279. 7759 4 Meg . . . 339. 
Memory upgrade for LaserJet II 

1 Meg ... 179. 6838 2 Meg .. . 249. 
Memory for Tec Engine Laser Printers 

2 Meg . . . 219. 7633 4 Meg . . . 369. 
Pacific Page (PostScript Cartridge for 

LaserJet IIP/Ill) 379. 

Pacific Page with free 2 Meg 

Memory Board (for LaserJet II) . . . 379. 

Outlines I. 209. 7631 Outlines II . 209. 

6831 Plotter in a Cartridge (LJ IIP, IID, III) $249. 

6832 Plotter in a Cartridge (for LJ II) 249. 

6835 Headlines in a Cartridge (U II, IIFj IID) 209. 
7324 Pacific Print (for Novell LANS) .... 235. 

Practical Peripherals ... 5 years 

3101 1200 Baud Internal Modem 65. 

3100 1200 Baud External Modem (mini) . 77. 
3103 2400 Baud Internal Modem 135. 

3102 2400 Baud External Modem 179. 

5286 2400 Baud Int. MNP Modem (Lev. 5) 175. 
5285 2400 Baud Ext. MNP Modem (Lev. 5) 209. 
4542 2400 Baud Internal Modem for PS/2. 229. 

8132 PM2400 Pocket Modem 99. 

7934 PM9600SA 489. 

PSION .. 1year 

7086 MC600 Mobile Computer 2149. 

7090 512K Flash EPROM 309. 

7962 3V2" External Drive 299. 

Reflection Technology .. 1 year 
7127 Private Eye (virtual display) 499. 

SAFE Power Systems ... 2 years 

4561 Safe250W 199. 

6747 Safe 400S (Slimline) 399. 

MicroSpeed ... lyear 

PCTRAC Tmckball-The PC Magazine Editor's 
Choice (8/90)! Economically designed ; it 
requires a desk space less than 4 inches wide. 
6007 Serial ... . $75. 6008 Bus . . . . $85. 
7271 Inport 79. 6330 PS/Z 79. 

4562 Safe 425W 329. 

7913 Safe650W 459. 

7914 Safe800W 599. 

4560 Safe 1200W 739. 

Targus ... lifetime 

4899 Nylon Laptop Carrying Case 55. 

7028 Foliopac 79. 

6037 Premier Leather Carrying Case. . . 199. 

TheComplete PC ... 2 years 

5140 TheComplete Page Scanner 549. 

8082 TheComplete Half Page Scanner/400 

w/ReadRight Personal OCR Software 289. 
6797 TheComplete Fax Portable 319. 



PC Connection 

6 Mill Street 

Marlow, NH 03456 

SALES 603/446-7721 FAX 603/446-7791 



Borland International ... NCP 

1514 ^Paradox 3.5— This powerful database 
manager is even stronger. It provides faster 
performance using less memory while 
managing any available expandable or 
extended memory (up to 16 Mb) $569. 




TheComplete Fax 9600 429. 

TheComplete Communicator .... 449. 
TheComplete Answering Machine 249. 
ReadRight Personal (for TheComplete 

Half Page Scanner/400) 149. 

Tripp Lite ... 2 years 
BC-200 (200W Battery Backup). .. 179. 
BC-325 (325W Battery Backup). . . 219. 
BC-450 (450W Battery Backup) . . 269. 
BC-750 (750W Battery Backup) . . 469. 
BC^200(1200W LAN Backup)... 649. 

CCI6- 1 2 (Command Console) 69. 

LC-1200 (1200W Line Conditioner) 159. 

LS-600 (600W Line Stabilizer) 85. 

LS-604 (600W Line Stabilizer w/ORC 

Voltage Protection) 99. 

Isobar 6-6 (6 outlets, 6 ft. cord) 59. 

Isobar 8-12 (8 outlets, 12 ft. cord) . . 69. 
Isobar 8RM (with remote control) .. 79. 
Isoblok IB-2-0 (2 outlets, no cord) . . 29. 
Isotel (4 outlets, R J II protection) ... 59. 

RightSoft ... NCP 

4155 QRightWritir 4.0-Now available! Premier 
grammar and style checker with more than 
5 ; 500 rules. Works within WordPerfect, 
Multimate, Microsoft Word ; WordStar, 
Professional Write and Q&A Write. . . $55. 



WfeVe got the story. 

Video 7 ... 7 years 

3778 Vega VGA $155. 

5883 1024i VGA (includes 512k) 219. 

4931 VRAM VGA512k 379. 


IOMEGA ... 1 year 

5116 Bernoulli II Single 44 Meg Internal 995. 

5117 Bernoulli II Dual 44 Meg External 1969. 
5113 44 Meg Cartridge Tripak (5 1 M "). . . 249. 

2500 PC2B Controller 229. 

2503 PC4B Controller (MicroChannel) . . 299. 
7551 Bernoulli II Transportable 44 Meg . 997. 

Mountain Computer ... 2 years 
2917 40-60 Meg Interna! Tape Drive . . . 259. 
2916 40-60M Ext. Tape Drive 

(w/power supply) 489. 

5500 80-152M Int. Tape Drive 629. 

5502 83-152M Ext. Tape Drive 799. 

5190 DC2000 Pre-formatted Cartridges ea. 35. 
6153 DC2120 Tape Cartridge (5 pack) . . 135. 

Practical Peripherals ... 5 years 

8132 PM2400 Pockt Ata-2400bps perform- 
ance in a tiny package. Attaches to and draws 
power directly from the RS232 serial port. 
Great for laptops, desktops ; or Macs . . $99. 

Pacific Rim ... 1 year 

5011 360k External 179. 

7727 360k External for PS/2 189. 

5009 1.2 Meg External 209 

5010 1 .2 Meg External (forPS/2's) 215. 

6602 1 .44 External (for PC/XT/ AT) 239. 

Plus Development ... 2 years 

6425 Hardcard II 40 Meg (19 ms) 399. 

6424 Hardcard II 80 Meg (19 ms) 699. 

Seagate ... 1 year 

2285 20 Meg Int. Hard Drive ST225 
r> /controller and cables, 65 ms) . 

2286 30 Meg Int. Hard Drive ST238R 
(^//controller and cables, 65 ms) . 

4554 40 Meg Int. HD ST251 -1 (28 ms) . 

7102 ST251 -1 Model 25 (^/controller) . 

7103 ST251 -1 Model 30 (w /controller) . 
7099 ST251-1 PC/XT (w /controller) . . . 

7154 ST138R-1 Model 25 (w /controller) 

7155 ST138R-1 Model 30 (w /controller) 
7153 ST138R-1 PC/XT (w /controller) . . 

TEAC ... 1 year 

4950 360k Drwe(forPC) $79. 

4951 720k Drive (specify XT or AT, 3 W) . 75. 
4670 1 .44 Meg Drive for PC/XT (3W). . . 89. 
4326 1.44 Meg Drivefor AT 109. 

6951 1.2 Meg Drivefor AT 99. 

6952 1 .2 Meg Drive for PC/XT 99. 

The Intel 



adds a tax 
and a modem 

Intel ... 5 years 

7782 SatisFAXtion-Stnd and receive faxes 
from within most applications using the 
print command. Built-in 2400 bps MNP 
modem standard. Includes coupons for free 
PC Tools and Fax-It software $399. 


Pacific Data Products ... lifetime 

7158 PacificPage Personal Edition 4.0-New 
and improved PostScript emulation for your 
HP LaserJet IIP, IID or III. Faster, superb 
font quality. Minimum 1.5M printer 
memory required $379. 




















Maxell ... lifetime 

5V4" MD2-D 360k Disks (Qty. 10) . . . . 12. 
5V4" MD2-HD 1.2Mb Disks (Qty. 10). . 19. 
3V2" DS/DD 720k D'skertes (Qty V).. 14. 
3V 2 " DS/HD 1.44Mb D'ekettesfQy V) 27. 
Sony ... lifetime 

5VV' DS/DD 360k Disks (Qty. 70 ) . . . . 10. 
5V4" DS/HD 1.2Mb DisksfQty 10) . . . 19. 
3V 2 " DS/DD 720k Diskettes (Qty. V) . . 13. 
3V 2 " DS/HD 1 .44Mb Diskettes (Qty. 10) 22. 
QD 2000 Tape Cartridge 19. 


6556 256k DRAMs (100 ns, set of 9) .... 29. 
5510 1 Meg x 9 SIMMs (80 nanosecond). 79. 
5746 1 Meg Chips (80ns,setof9) 69. 


9 We accept VISA and MASTERCARD only. 

* No surcharge added for credit card orders. 
9 Your card is not charged until we ship. 

* If we must ship a partial order, we never charge 
freight on the shipment(s) that complete the order 
(in the U.S.). 

* No sales tax. 

* All U.S. shipments insured; no additional charge. 
» APO/FPO orders shipped 1st Class Mail. 

* International orders U.S. $250 minimum. 

* Upon receipt and approval, personal and company 
checks clear the same day for immediate shipment 
of your ordei: 

* COD max. $1000. Cash, cashier's check, or money 

* 120 day limited warranty on all products.* 

* To order, call us Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 
1 :00AM, or Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. You can 
call our business offices at 603/446-3383 Monday 
through Friday 9:00AM to 5:30 PM. 

Reflection Technology ... lyear 

7127 Private Eye-h large screen in a small 
box. A tiny virtual display whic h offers a 
full-size, 12 ;; IBM CGA auxiliary screen to 
PCs & laptops. View privately in planes or 
meetings. Brighter than LCDs $499. 


Note: Accounts on net terms pay actual shipping. 
Continental US: 

» For heavy hardware items such as printers, monitors, 
Bernoulli Boxes, etc. pay actual charges. Call for UPS 
2nd-Day & Next-Day-Air. 

* For all other items, add $3 per order to cover UPS 
Shipping. For such items, we automatically use 
Airborne Express at no extra charge if you are more 
than 2 days from us by UPS ground. 


* For monitors, printers, Bernoulli Boxes, computers, 
hard drives, and power backups, actual UPS Blue 
charge will be added. For all other items, add $3 per 

Alaska and outside Continental US: 
» Call 603/446-7721 for information. 


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THE UNIX /bin ■ David Fiedler 

Back to the 
Workstations II 

An overview of 
personal computers, 
workstations, and how 
they are colliding 
in the marketplace 

What with all the new high- 
resolution Unix worksta- 
tions and the move toward 
open systems, some people 
are already proclaiming the death of the 
personal computer. They have a point, 
but it's not that Unix will be taking over 
the world or that you'll be forced to give 
up DOS after New Year's Day. And PCs 
as you have come to know them (and in 
some cases love them) are not going 
away. They're just going to get better. 

No Computer Is an Island 

The point is that the world of computers 
has been changed forever by the intro- 
duction of networking. Whether you're 
using Novell or Network File System 
(NFS) in your office and BIX or a BBS at 
home, almost all machines these days 
can be hooked up to others. It's almost 
essential for obtaining and sharing the 
information resources that people are 
finding necessary. 

People generally think of LANs when 
they're talking about networks. How- 
ever, today's computers must be able to 
hook up to wide-area networks, such as 
Usenet or Internet, as well as general- 
purpose information networks such as 
BIX or CompuServe. These allow you 
not only to retrieve information stored 
in value-added databases, but also to in- 
teract with hundreds of thousands of 
other users. In many cases, you can ask a 
question in the morning in a conference 
(also called newsgroup or forum) dedi- 
cated to a particular subject and have 
answers from knowledgeable users later 

on that same day. 

This capability is often underestimat- 
ed by people who have never seen it in 
action. Imagine having the power to ac- 
cess industry experts (and get written re- 
sponses) without paying any more than 
normal communications charges! 

The future will bring even more inten- 
sity into this area, because— at least in 
North America— everyone is getting 
wired with fiber optics and coaxial cable 
(right now, it's just carrying cable TV). 
This will eventually allow companies to 
offer high-speed digital data communi- 
cations to homes and offices, so that 
you'll be able to just plug your computer 
onto the network (without a modem) and 
connect to anybody, anywhere. Sounds 
futuristic, but it's coming. 

The 1-Minute LANager 

Despite this movement in the world of 
dial-up databases, the really exciting 
things for the office are happening in 

LANs. As I mentioned in this column a 
year ago, Sun's version of Unix intro- 
duced local-area networking in the form 
of NFS, which was quickly brought to 
Berkeley Unix. In a LAN, you hook up 
machines via Ethernet cable, using in- 
dustry-standard protocols such as TCP/ 
IP, so they can communicate with each 
other at a speed approaching that of a 
hard disk. NFS allows you to access a file 
from anywhere on a LAN, without hav- 
ing to know which machine the file is 
located on. 

Networking wasn't limited to just one 
vendor, since other manufacturers (nota- 
bly Digital Equipment Corp.) also based 
their products on Berkeley Unix. Even 
more important, NFS was ported to 
other operating systems, so PCs and 
mainframes could also hook up to the 
LAN. AT&T countered with its Remote 
File System, which didn't catch on well. 
But its new version of Unix, System V 
release 4, will have both NFS and RFS, 


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which neatly wraps things up for every- 

Of course, the power of LANs isn't 
just in the ability to share databases and 
print resources, although that's been 
about the limit of many PC LAN instal- 
lations. Networks also give you the op- 
tion of configuring powerful servers that 
can be accessed by workstations without 
expensive disks of their own. Thus, these 
diskless workstations can be made rela- 
tively powerful (say, with high-resolu- 
tion graphics and good CPU perfor- 
mance) while still being economical 
enough to put one on everyone's desk. 
This gives people a lot of computing 
power so they can be more productive. 

The Mac Factor 

While there are many people who think 
of PCs as "computers that run DOS," 
many Macintosh users out there would 
disagree. In many ways, the Mac has a lot 
more going for it than PCs and their 
clones— at least when you're discussing 
networks, workstations, PCs, and Unix. 
The Mac can be a real workstation, 
even by my rigorous definition, when it's 
running A/UX 2.0, Apple's latest ver- 

sion of Unix. By all accounts (I haven't 
had the chance to work with it yet), 
A/UX 2.0 is the environment that Apple 
was promising when it first released 
A/UX: an operating system that runs real 
Unix, the X Window System, and virtu- 
ally any Macintosh application. 

It does all this, remarkably, without 
giving up that user interface that has 
made the Macintosh so popular. Not only 
that, but an optional software emulator 
allows you to run DOS applications from 
A/UX as well. For a great many people, 
this can be the best of all worlds. 

Workstations vs. PCs 

So where does this all lead? The work- 
station market has already been fairly 
well defined. It's that huge list of prod- 
ucts typified by offerings from Sun, HP/ 
Apollo, DEC, IBM, Data General, Sony 
Microsystems, and a host of others. This 
group of formidable competitors has 
been chasing after basically the same 
customers (although the market for 
workstations has itself been expanding). 
Factor that in with the return of reason- 
able pricing for RAM chips and the 
plethora of powerful £PUs, and the net 

result is that workstation prices have 
dropped dramatically. 

In the PC market, you have the same 
price drop for memory, and certainly 
more powerful CPUs are common. The 
i486 and 68040 are probably the leaders 
in the high-end PC market, while less ex- 
pensive 386SX chips and 386 clones are 
rapidly bringing down prices for that 
level of power. High-resolution VGA 
boards are already fairly standard in the 
PC arena. Again, Macs have enjoyed this 
advantage from the beginning. 

Microsoft Windows 3.0 is introducing 
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and plenty of PCs priced over that, cost is 
no longer the issue. You're about to see 
PCs turn into workstations, and worksta- 
tions turn into PCs. The only things 
holding back the inevitable tide are old 
habits and operating-system religion. As 
I write this column, Sun is starting an ad- 
vertising campaign aimed at PC owners, 
based on exactly the points I mentioned 
in my October column. 

In the next few months, I expect to fi- 
nally see some real diskless workstations 
based on PC technology: They'll be in- 
expensive (under $2500), single-box 
computers based around a 386 or i486 
CPU, with built-in Ethernet, mouse, 
serial, and parallel ports. They will 
come with a certain amount of software 
in ROM, which will drive the ports and 
display, running X Window or perhaps a 
higher-level GUI. 

The rest of the software will be deliv- 
ered on disk for installation on the serv- 
er. This will include DOS and Unix, as 
well as software that will connect them 
transparently. I hope and expect to see 
Apple introduce the same types of prod- 
ucts, perhaps by making a lower-cost 
Macintosh with enough of A/UX built in 

that the cost and complexity doesn't go 
too high. 

Next, you'll have to go the other way 
around. That would be something like 
this: a RISC-based workstation (possibly 
built around SPARC and SCSI architec- 
ture) that has the usual Unix workstation 
capabilities, plus a separate 386 proces- 
sor with its own memory and AT expan- 
sion slots, and a VGA display that could 
be just another window on the screen. 
The 386 would run DOS on its own so it 
wouldn't slow down Unix (or vice versa), 
but you could share files between the two 
operating systems the way VP/ix does 
now. The price would be competitive 
with both high-end PCs and current 

Computers from Mars 

Think I've finally inhaled too much sol- 
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tioned is already a reality. I will skip the 
most obvious jokes and simply tell you 
that the machine is called the Mariner 4i 
and it's from Mars Microsystems. You 
can buy the color version for less than 
$9000 including a disk drive. The DOS 
module is an extra $2000. 

Yes, I know it sounds almost too good 
to be true. No, I haven't personally tried 
or seen one yet, although the folks at 
Mars swear that I'm going to be one of 
the first to receive an evaluation unit. 
You can communicate with Mars (I 
couldn't resist that one) at P.O. Box 
1080, Mars, PA 16046, (412) 934-1040, 
fax (412) 934-1060, or E-mail at uunet! 

This is oneof those occasions where 
"if it didn't exist, I would have had to in- 
vent it," since the Mariner really does 
exactly fit the scenario as I outlined it. 
Things are starting to happen almost as 
fast as they can be predicted, which 
means we're in for an interesting decade 
for sure. ■ 

David Fiedler is executive producer of 
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the book Unix System Administration. 
He has helped start several Unix-related 
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DEC'S LANworks 
for OS/2 is the latest 
of the firm's grudging 
steps to embrace PC 
networking standards 

Once upon a time, standards for 
using and linking computers 
came blasting from corporate 
MIS departments like missives 
from above. Those days are gone. To- 
day's standards arise from the micro- 
computers that sit on our desktops. Mini- 
computer vendors have been slow to 
recognize this change, and they've paid 
for their slowness with decreased sales. 

Networking was one area where many 
minicomputer vendors thought they were 
safe. After all, Digital Equipment Corp. 
and others have long had their own pro- 
prietary networking products. No need 
to make VAXes adhere to microcomputer 
LAN standards; just move the VAX stan- 
dards to the microcomputers, and all will 
be well. 

This strategy led to DEC's first PC 
networking products, PCSA (Personal 
Computer System Architecture) and 
DEPCA, DEC'S proprietary Ethernet PC 
Adapter. PCSA was basically DECnet, 
the VAX networking standard, for the 
PC. To run PCSA on a PC, you needed a 
DEPCA or a 3Com Ethernet board. With 
those products, PC users could work 
with files stored on a VAX, print on VAX 
printers, and log onto the VAX. 

DEC provided these file and print ser- 
vices by using DECnet in conjunction 
with two PC standards: the NetBIOS and 
SMB (Server Message Block) protocols. 
Those two protocols are at the base of PC 
LAN operating systems like 3Com's 
3 + Open. By following them, DEC was 
able to use a standard PC file-service re- 
director on top of its own DECnet proto- 

col stack. Unfortunately, PCSA can't es- 
cape its DECnet origins: Client PCs must 
run a DECnet protocol stack. Few, if 
any, PC LAN users run DECnet as their 
main transport protocol, so their normal 
LAN software won't work with the VAX; 
when they run DECnet, they can't use 
their standard LAN servers. 

PCSA's requirement of either a DEC 
or a 3Com Ethernet board is also a prob- 
lem for PC users accustomed to being 
able to shop around for the cheapest or 
fastest Ethernet card available. PCSA 
could have avoided this by following the 
Microsoft/3Com Network Driver Inter- 
face Specification, but it didn't. NDIS 
defines an interface with which Ethernet 
board device drivers can communicate 
with higher-level protocol stacks. By 
supporting NDIS, PCSA would have 
been able to work with any NDIS-com- 
patible board. 

DEC also didn't look too closely at 
typical PC LAN operating-system pric- 

ing schemes when it wrote the PCSA 
price book. While most PC LAN operat- 
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charge per server license, DEC charges 
for PCSA per client license. DEC actu- 
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users outnumber minicomputer users by 
a substantial margin, and that margin is 
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and the result was NetWare VMS. Net- 
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server on a NetWare LAN. With it, PCs 
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read and write VAX files, print to VAX 
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terminal service, which is not available 
on regular NetWare servers, for those 
who need to use their PCs as VAX ter- 

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few serious problems. We noted one of 
the biggest ones in an earlier column: 
The product is based on older NetWare 
technology that is now out of date. Newer 
NetWare features, such as the ability to 
store Macintosh files on the server, are 
not present under NetWare VMS. The 
product's performance is also not great; 
on our simple file transfer tests, for ex- 
ample, NetWare VMS ran significantly 
slower than PCSA. 

The most potentially devastating prob- 
lem, however, is that NetWare VMS and 
normal PC NetWare use slightly differ- 
ent implementations of Ethernet. Conse- 
quently , if you have an existing NetWare 
LAN and you decide to add a VAX to it, 
you can't use the same client driver soft- 
ware on your PCs to talk to both the VAX 
and your standard NetWare servers. You 
can work around this problem by con- 
verting all your current NetWare client 
PCs to DEC'S type of Ethernet, but that 
means running different software on all 
the client and server PCs. You can also 
use a NetWare bridge to handle the trans- 
lation, but that, too, is a hassle. 

Little Steps Forward 

We expect Novell to fix these problems 
someday, but right now they're major 
ones for existing NetWare sites. Mean- 
while, DEC is not standing still: It is 
slowly migrating its products toward PC 

One of the first such steps was purely 
cosmetic: DEC renamed PCSA to LAN- 
works for DOS and replaced DEPCA 
with its EtherWorks boards. The next 
step was far more significant: DEC an- 
nounced a VAX-Macintosh networking 
product, LANworks for Macintosh, that 
adheres closely to Apple's current net- 
working standards (see our October Net- 
Works column). With LANworks for 
Macintosh, DEC took a giant step toward 
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networking standards. 

As we write this column, DEC is about 
to announce its first new PC networking 
product in some time: version 1.1 of 
LAN works for OS/2. Unfortunately, 
this new release, while more in tune with 
PC standards than DEC's previous PC 



as it might be for a 

minicomputer company 

to believe, PC servers 

will often contain data 

that VAX users 
might want to access. 

networking offerings, still has a long way 
to go. 

From the PC perspective, the major 
positive feature of LAN works for OS/2 
is that it now conforms to the NDIS stan- 
dard. It should, therefore, work with any 
NDIS-compatible Ethernet adapter. The 
biggest drawback is that LANworks for 
OS/2 still uses DECnet. At first glance, 
DECnet's presence seems to mean that, 
yet again, you must choose between talk- 
ing to a VAX server and talking to a stan- 
dard PC server. 

Fortunately, that's not necessarily the 
case. First, it's at least theoretically pos- 
sible for a client LANworks for OS/2 PC 
to run two different protocol stacks at the 
same time and thereby work with both 
VAX and PC servers at once. For exam- 
ple, by running both DECnet and Net- 
BEUI (NetBIOS Extended User Inter- 
face), a client PC could work with both a 
VAX server and a standard OS/2 LAN 
Manager server. We don't know of any 
software that currently provides this abil- 
ity for OS/2 clients, but it is possible. 

LANworks for OS/2 does include a 
second way for client OS/2 PCs to talk to 
both VAX and OS/2 LAN Manager serv- 
ers: Put DECnet on the OS/2 server. 
This feature is available because you can 
buy both client and server LANworks for 
OS/2 1 . 1 software. (The server package 
is based on Microsoft's LAN Manager 
2.0.) In this approach, the PC server, not 
the clients, runs both DECnet and Net- 

BEUI. Those clients that are content to 
ignore the VAX can continue to use their 
normal NetBEUI software, while those 
that want to see both the VAX and the PC 
server run DECnet. The server can han- 
dle both types of requests. 

This solution is obviously not perfect, 
but it indicates DEC's grudging accep- 
tance that client PCs might want to talk 
with both VAXes and other servers. To 
embrace the PC standards entirely would 
mean abandoning DECnet on PCs in 
favor of NetBEUI and/or Novell's SPX/ 
IPX, a move that we don't think DEC is 
anywhere near ready to make. 

Even without that step, however, 
there's room for improvement in LAN- 
works for OS/2. For one thing, the VAX 
should be able to be both a client and a 
server. As hard as it might be for a mini- 
computer company to believe, PC serv- 
ers will often contain data that VAX 
users might want to access. 

LANworks for OS/2 also follows the 
same client-based pricing scheme as 
DEC's DOS and Mac products. The cli- 
ent software runs $215 per system, while 
the OS/2 server software is $325 per sys- 
tem. If you want to run a single OS/2 PC 
as both client and server, you have to buy 
both licenses. 

Still Not Far Enough 

LANworks for OS/2 is a small step for- 
ward, but it's not enough. DEC seems 
aware of this, because the firm is work- 
ing on alternatives to the DECnet proto- 
col stack. We have heard about only one 
for sure— TCP/IP, which is due early in 
1991— but we hope that NetBEUI sup- 
port is in the works as well. DEC is also 
developing a LANworks product for its 
VAX Unix operating system, Ultrix, and 
the firm plans to bring LANworks for 
DOS in sync with its OS/2 offering by 
adding NDIS support to the DOS prod- 

Clearly, the people at DEC are slowly 
coming to recognize the importance of 
adhering to microcomputer networking 
standards. We hope that they, as well as 
the other large-system vendors, continue 
to do so, and do so fast enough to survive 
the ongoing blitz of the little systems. ■ 

Mark L. Van Name and Bill Catchings are 
BYTE contributing editors. Both are also 
independent computer consultants and 
freelance writers based in Raleigh, North 
Carolina. You can reach them on BIX as 
"mvanname " and "wbc3, " respectively. 
Your questions and comments are wel- 
come. Write to: Editor, BYTE, One 
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BYTE editors' hands-on views of new and developing products 

Step 486/50 


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The Experimental Step 486/50 Redefines Cool 

Everex has joined the rac- 
ing circuit with its Step 
486/50. Although the com- 
pany won't actually bring this 
product to market, it is a tech- 
nological showpiece with a su- 
percooled engine that pushes 
Intel's i486 CPU to a scorch- 
ing 50 MHz. 

At the heart of the new 
machine is Velox Computer 
Technology's ICECap, which 
is a sophisticated temperature 
and voltage control system that 
lets Everex boost CPU clock 
speed to 50 MHz without 
overheating the CPU. The 
ICECap IC module, which 
encases the i486, plugs directly 
into the CPU socket and main- 
tains the i486 at a chilly 0°C. 

The Step 486/50 isn't ex- 
actly a true 50-MHz system. 
The ICECap sits on a modified 
Step 486/25 motherboard that 
clocks the CPU at 50 MHz and 
the rest of the motherboard at 
25 MHz. Everex also had to 
add extra wait states between 
the external 128K-byte pro- 
cessor cache and the CPU. 
Even with these handicaps, 
however, the Step 486/50 gave 
an impressive performance. 
The Step 486/50 held a 28 

percent edge over the Step 
486/33 on the CPU tests, and 
it posted roughly 50 percent 
higher results on the floating- 
point tests. The FPU tests 
benefited because more of the 
tests run within the i486's on- 
board cache. Had Everex 
tuned its external pro-cessor 
cache for 50 MHz, both num- 
bers would have been higher. 
Remove the Step system's 
cover and you can't miss the 
ICECap. The module rises 
from the CPU socket like a 
high-rise office building, tow- 
ering 3 inches above the moth- 
erboard. The system is made 
up of three stacked com- 
ponents — a thermoelectric 
cooler, aheatsink, and a fan — 
and on-board control circuitry 
that keeps voltage up and 
temperature down. 

For Velox, merely prevent- 
ing the i486 from overheating 
isn't enough. The company 
claims that cooling the CPU to 
the bottom of its operating 
temperature range increases 
reliability and lets the chip run 
35 percent faster. Since it 
doesn't have to worry about 
overheating the CPU, Velox 
also maximizes power input at 
the i486's peak of 5.2 volts. 
This reduces propagation de- 
lay and, Velox claims, im- 
proves performance by an- 
other 15 percent. 

Heat sinks and fans are 
common, but Velox is the first 
microcomputer company to 
use a Peltier effect device — a 
thermoelectric cooling system 
based on the principle that 
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on one side and heat on the 

The Velox device has four 
components. At the top and 
bottom of the Peltier device, an 
aluminum oxide "cold plate" 
and "hot plate" transfer heat 
from the i486 to the heat sink. 

Sandwiched between the 
plates are two semiconductors 
that do the work. These semi- 
conductors have opposite elec- 
trical properties, and they are 
arranged in such a way that, 
when you apply voltage to the 
system, electrons in both ma- 
terials flow from the cold plate 
to the hot plate. This carries 
heat away from the CPU and 
into the heat sink. The fan then 
blows air down into the cool- 
ing fins, dissipating the heat 
inside the system unit case. 
Velox claims that the ICECap 
raises the temperature inside 
an AT case by I to 3 degrees. 

To keep the CPU tempera- 
ture constant, a thermal sensor 
generates a control signal 
when the chip temperature 
rises above freezing. The sys- 
tem also includes a dual clock 
speed generator that ramps up 
clock cycles as the CPU tem- 
perature drops and lets the 
CPU operate at normal speeds 
if the ICECap fails. 

After running for several 
days, the ICECap remained 
surprisingly cool. The mother- 
board, hacked to accommo- 
date a 50-MHz CPU, wasn't 
pretty. And the system had 
trouble running several appli- 
cations, including PageMaker 
and Lotus 1-2-3. 

In the future, you'll proba- 
bly see the ICECap in systems 
from other vendors. In a mar- 
ket full of clone vendors des- 
perate to differentiate their 
products, the ICECap is sure 
to attract attention. And for the 
extra $600 it's likely to add to 
the price of a 486 system, us- 
ers may bite. 

— Rob Mitchell 

132 BYTE • DECEMBER 1990 


There's Muse 
for the Mac 


use calls itself a nat- 
ural-language interface 
program, but a more accurate 
description might be "query by 
English-like commands." You 
load your data by creating 
databooks, which represent a 
collection of up to 64,000 
homogeneous or heterogene- 
ous data structures, each of 
which can be tables of infor- 
mation that range into mega- 
bytes (with available hard disk 
storage). You can reference 15 
of these databooks at once. 
One way of thinking of data- 
books in conventional terms 
would be as a relational data- 
base. Databooks are how Muse 
stores things. 

You import or create data in 
workbooks, which look like 
spreadsheets with labeled 
axes. You can manually place 
information or import it in 
WKS, WK1, WK3, DIF, 
SYLK, or DBF formats. It's 
also possible to import it in 
comma, space, or tab-delim- 
ited formats. You can import 
fixed-field ASCII. Workbooks 
may have definitions and re- 
lations that apply only to the 
data within that workbook at- 
tached to them. 

Muse can create charts from 
numeric data. It's also possible 
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3-D (or animated series of 
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performed with auto-sizing of 
the legends. While graphs are 
displayed on the Mac screen 
in color, printing them on a 
LaserWriter substitutes pat- 

terns for colors. The resulting 
charts were as good as any- 
thing I have seen from WingZ, 
DeltaGraph, or Excel. 

Scripts are the records of 
questions and answers posed 
to Muse. It's basically a col- 
lection of boxes (with one box 
for your questions and anoth- 
er box for Muse's answers) 
stacked on top of each other. 
You can save or modify them 
just like plain text. 

I looked at an early beta 
copy of Muse. It would run 

only on a Mac II with an FPU 
and 4 MB of RAM, although 
Occam said that the release 
version should be able to run 
on a Mac SE or Plus with 2 
MB as a minimum (if slow) 
configuration. While the beta 
version I saw is certain to 
change, the basic functionality 
of the program came through 
rather well. The illustration 
shows how a simple single- 
variable query produced a 
single answer in the script 
window. When multiple-vari- 
able queries are made, a work- 
book window containing the 
results is produced. I tried dif- 
ferent forms of queries, and all 
produced well-formatted and 
useful answers. 

However, I thought the cur- 
rent system of error checking 
left something to be desired. If 
you pose a query with less than 
the needed number of vari- 
ables, for instance, Muse sim- 
ply shoots back "underde- 
fined." It would be far more 
useful to have some idea of 
what it was that Muse actually 
needed for the query to be 
defined, perhaps with a scroll- 
ing list of available choices. I 
expect to see this resolved in 
further beta testing. 

Muse is the first attempt on 
the Mac to make data useful 
by being easily obtainable. Oc- 
cam seems to be on the right 
track thus far, and I look for- 
ward to seeing a final copy of 
the product. 

— Laurence H. Loeb 

DATs a Classy Backup System 

The ProLine DATaVault, a 
toaster-shaped SCSI digi- 
tal audiotape-recording system 
(DAT) drive, packs 1 .3 giga- 
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ProLine Backup System, a 

comprehensive — but pricey — 
tape backup solution for a Net- 
Ware LAN. 

Installing the DATaVault 
on a NetWare 286 server was 
a mixture of ups and downs. 
Could I piggyback the drive 
onto the server's existing Fu- 

ture Domain SCSI host bus 
adapter? No, I had to use the 
Tecmar-supplied Adaptec 
controller — somewhat redun- 
dantly, in this case. (It's a stan- 
dard Adaptec device, though, 
so if you're already using one 
of those, you won ' t have to add 
a second.) That, in turn, meant 

I ' d have to add a new driver to 
NetWare. Like its NetWare 
386 cousin, the driver links 
dynamically with NetWare. 

The driver's installation 
program scans the NetWare 
executable file; reports the 
IRQ, I/O, and RAM settings 
that are consumed by Net- 

DECEMBER 1990 • BYTE 133 


Ware-controlled boards; and 
recommends compatible set- 
tings for the Tecmar/Adaptec 
controller. So I figured I 
wouldn't have to run NET- 
GEN and reinstall NetWare. 

But, alas, it was not to be. 
Industry Standard Architec- 
ture board conflict resolution 
remains an uncertain science. 
The server's TCP/IP gateway, 
for reasons apparent neither to 
Tecmar's installation program 
nor to me, fought with Tec- 
mar' s adapter. I tossed out the 
TCP/IP board (it wasn't a per- 
manent fixture anyway) and 
ran NETGEN to tell NetWare 
I had done that. 

In spite of the conflict, I 
applaud Tecmar's clever 
scheme. In many cases, it 
should savebusy LAN admin- 
istrators a lot of time and 
trouble, and it offers a ray of 
hope to the many NetWare 286 
users not in a position to up- 
grade to NetWare 386. 

Once loaded, TAPEDRV 
.VAP provides an assortment 
of NetWare console com- 
mands. With these commands, 
you can reset the DATaVault 
and erase, format, test, or list 
the contents of a 4-mm car- 
tridge. A second value-added 
process, PROSERVE.VAP, 
supplies the server (or back- 
end) component of the backup 
application. Multitasking with 
accepts connections from 
client workstations, queues 
backup requests, and performs 

Client software also comes 
in two parts. With PRO- 
SERVE.EXE, you administer 
users and queues, schedule 
attended or unattended jobs, 
and monitor tape-drive status, 


ProLine Backup System 

NetWare 386 (3.1). 

(includes drive, adapter, 

Client: AT, PS/2, orcompat- 

cable, server and client 

ible running DOS 3.0 or 

software, and documenta- 

higher with 640K bytes of 



for NetWare 286, $5995; 

for NetWare 386, $6295 

Tecmar, Inc. 

6225 Cochran Rd. 


Solon, Ohio 441 39 

File server: AT, PS/2, or 


compatible running 

Inquiry 1163. 

NetWare 286 (2. lx) or 

tape contents, and a history of 
backup transactions. A Novell/ 
C-Worthy point-and-shoot 
interface neatly manages a 
formidable array of options. 
You can specify the target file 
set to be all files, new files, or 
dormant files. 

You can save NetWare 
bindery, trustee, and file attri- 
butes; in the case of a NetWare 
2.15 server with Macintosh 
clients, you can save Mac-re- 
lated directory information 
and resource forks as well. 
There is, however, no client 

software for the Mac; you'll 
have to schedule the backup of 
Mac directories on the server 
from a PC, and you can't back 
up a Mac client directly to 

You can move files from a 
PC straight to tape, thanks to 
the client-server architecture 
of the Proserve software. 
PSCLIENT.EXE, a small 
(15K bytes) DOS TSR pro- 
gram, communicates with 

Once it's loaded, a backup 
job scheduled by means of 

PROSERVE.EXE can draw 
files directly from the client 
PC. Because direct client-to- 
tape backup obviates the need 
for a large intermediate trans- 
fer area on the file server, it's 
a feature I prize highly. 

Tecmar's deluxe Proserve 
software is clearly a class act. 
It does more than I have room 
to describe, and does it well. 
In fact, Proserve works with 
several species of Tecmar tape 
drive: DC600 (250 and 525 
megabytes), DAT (1.3 giga- 
bytes), and 8-mm analog heli- 
cal-scan (2.2 gigabytes). 
Given this range of choices, 
and considering that the cur- 
rent highest-capacity Tecmar 
tape drive is 8-mm, not 4-mm 
DAT, why choose the DATa- 
Vault? Frankly, I'm not sure. 
Proponents point out that 
DAT — compared to 8-mm 
technology — offers superior 
error correction, requires 
fewer moving parts, and can 
find random files much more 

While I've no reason to 
doubt those claims, I am 
obliged to report that the first 
4-mm DAT tape I used in the 
DATaVault developed prob- 
lems — after I formatted it, 
tested it, and performed two 
apparently successful backups. 
Tecmar agrees that it ought to 
provide a rigorous verification 
utility; the existing format and 
test utilities don't touch most 
of the tape. Although I've 
since had no further problems 
with other 4-mm tapes, I'm left 
wondering whether there's a 
percentage in being the first 
one on the block to use one of 
those newfangled DAT sys- 

— Jon Udell 

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machine includes a 25-MHz 
MC68030, a math coproces- 
sor, 8 megabytes of RAM, a 
100-MB SCSI drive (optional 
200 MB), and either a high- 
resolution monochrome dis- 

play or the standard Amiga 
color display. All the hardware 
parts are already integrated 
with the system, including a 
port for additional SCSI de- 
vices, a port for an additional 
floppy disk drive, a port for a 
parallel printer, and a serial 
connection for an external ter- 

minal, modem, or printer. Al- 
though Ethernet (thick- or 
thin-wire) is an option, the 
network software is already in 

Most important, the system 
includes Unix System V re- 
lease 4 and the X Window 
System, including Level 1 

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implementation of Open Look. 
The Unix manual pages are 
on-line. Bundled with the 
operating system are two C 
compilers (the AT&T standard 
compiler and the GNU opti- 
mizing compiler), the popular 
screen-oriented mail manager 
elm , and several Amiga-spe- 
cific utilities. 

The Amiga 3000UX with 
release 4 is not a clone, nor a 
work-alike, nor a toy. It is a no- 
nonsense workstation that is 
impressive and compact. I am 
not saying that if you put the 
Amiga beside a full-size 
SPARCstation or a Silicon 
Graphics workstation you 
won't be able to see obvious 
differences that favor these 
automobile-priced machines. 
But when you put it beside a 
NeXT or a Macintosh or a 386 
workstation, the differences 
are in favor of the Amiga. 
Consider the work (and 
money) that is required to 
build a workstation out of a 
386-based Industry Standard 
Architecture or Extended In- 
dustry Standard Architecture 
bus machine; you have to get 
one part here and another part 

there. All the parts have to be 
configured to work together 
without conflicts in interrupts 
and memory addresses. The 
Amiga 3000UX is a plug-and- 
play operation. 

The newest release of Unix 
System V is significant be- 
cause it incorporates the BSD 
features that make it so well 
suited for workstation comput- 

ing, including mechanisms for 
mounting remote file systems 
and distributed processing. 
Since AT&T sells only source 
code rights to Unix (unless you 
are buying an AT&T com- 
puter), users have had to wait 
until the hardware vendors 
finished their work on porting 
the new source codes to their 
machines. Although many 


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Unix licensees are well along 
in completing this task, it ap- 
pears that Commodore will be 
the first to complete it. 

The Amiga 3000UX greatly 
outperforms the equivalent 
NeXT and Mac with A/UX. In 
raw Unix performance, it is 
roughly equivalent to a 20- 
MHz 386 system, but it is 
much more suited to handling 
the graphics requirements of a 
graphical user interface like 
Open Look. At roughly $4000, 
it is an obvious choice as a 
low-end workstation. 

— Ben Smith 

Caching In on the Hardcard 

The Hardcard is a popular 
way to augment storage 
capacity because you just open 
your computer and drop a full- 
length card into a free bus slot, 
and you've got another drive. 
The new Hardcard IIXL, 
available in 52- and 105-mega- 


Hardcard IIXL 50 

$579; Hardcard IIXL 105, 

A 16-bit ISA-bus slot in 
an IBM PC-compatible 
286 or a non-PS/2 386. 

Plus Development Corp. 
1778 McCarthy Blvd. 
Milpitas, CA 95035 
(408) 434-6900 
Inquiry 1165. 

byte capacities, includes a 
built-in 64K-byte read-ahead 
disk cache that gives the drive 
a rated average access time of 
only 9 milliseconds. 

I installed the Hardcard 
IIXL in less than 10 minutes. 
Once the drive was installed, I 
loaded it with software and 
noticed how quiet and fast it 
was. File copies and directory 
listings zoomed along at twice 
the speed of my old, frag- 
mented, 65-ms Seagate, and 
my applications loaded more 
quickly. However, a two-level 
database indexing and a test 
suite of assorted Windows ac- 
cessories were only slightly 
faster on the Hardcard. 

On the low-level BYTE 
benchmarks, running on a 
slow 286 machine, the drive 
turned in a rating of 1.97, or 
about twice as fast as a stan- 
dard 40-MB hard disk drive in 

an IBM AT. Running in a 
Compaq Deskpro 386/33, its 
rating was 2.90. These num- 
bers compare with a score of 
2.20 for the hard disk drive 
supplied with the Compaq 
Deskpro 386/25e. 

Data throughput for the 
Hardcard ranged from 465K 
bytes per second on the 286 up 
to 930K bytes per second on 
the Deskpro 386/33, versus a 
speed of 700K bytes per sec- 
ond for the Compaq 386/25e. 
Measured seek times averaged 
between 16 and 19 ms; the 
Hardcard performed near its 
hardware access speed of 17 
ms rather than the cache-as- 
sisted rate of 9 ms, because the 
BYTE benchmark test de- 
feated the read-ahead cache 
with random sector seeks. In a 
real application that uses more 
typical contiguous sector 
seeks, the performance would 

certainly be better. 

My only disappointment 
with the Hardcard IIXL was 
that its built-in cache and the 
SmartDrive caching software 
supplied with Microsoft Win- 
dows 3.0 didn't seem to com- 
plement each other. 

Plus has typically charged 
more for the Hardcard than the 
price of equivalently sized 
hard disk drives. The 52- and 
105-MB Hardcard IIXLs 
break that tradition with sug- 
gested list prices of $579 and 
$999, respectively. Those 
prices are expected to fall to 
$399 and $699 on the street, 
which will make the Hardcard 
IIXL not only convenient but 
also cost-competitive. If you 
are running out of disk space 
and you have slots to spare, I 
recommend you take the Hard- 
card IIXL for a spin. ■ 

— Andrew Reinhardt 

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I N 

Sun's newest progeny couples performance 
with innovative software 

Son of SPARCstation 

The low-end workstation market 
is in full swing. You now have 
more choices for under $15,000 
than ever before (see the text 
boxes "CompuAdd Delivers a Low-Cost 
SPARCstation" and "Solbourne S40Q0 
Outguns SPARCstation 1 +"). So why is 
Sun Microsystems introducing its new 
SPARCstation 2 series, starting at rough- 
ly $20,000? As with everything, when 
you cut costs, you also cut corners. 
Graphics, performance, expandability, 
ease of use: One or more of these impor- 
tant aspects typically disappears from 
low-end workstations. 

Sun's SPARCstation 2 series shows the 

Tom Yager 
and Ben Smith 

company's commitment to the power 
user. Even at the bottom of the new line, 
Sun doesn't scrimp on features. Sixteen 
megabytes of memory is standard (a 
trend that we hope catches on— you can't 
do diddly in 8 MB anymore), as are a 40- 
MHz SPARC CPU, a 200-MB SCSI hard 
disk drive, three SBus connectors, two 
serial ports, audio I/O, thick-wire Ether- 
net, and a SCSI port. The SPARCstation 

Photo 1: The Sun SPARCstation 2GX. 

This tiny case holds up to 96 MB of memory, two SCSI hard disk drives, 
and three SBus expansion cards. Access to the 3 V2 -inch floppy disk drive is 

on the right side. The window system is Sun 's OpenWindows, a mix 
of the X Window System and Sun 's NeWS PostScript-compatible extensions. 

2GX system we received is the low-end 
model (see photo 1); nonetheless, it has 
accelerated color graphics. 

A Look Inside 

The inside of the SPARCstation 2GX is a 
study in effective computer design (see 
photo 2). The motherboard is smaller 
even than most "baby" AT clone types, 
with most of the space taken up by single 
in-line memory module sockets. Four 4- 
MB modules make up the 2GX's 16 MB 
of memory. The motherboard has room 
for 16 such modules for a total of 64 MB; 
an optional daughterboard can hold an- 
other 32 MB for a system total of 96 MB. 
The motherboard is small by necessity. 
It has to fit in a pizza box-size case along 
with up to two 3!/2-inch SCSI hard disk 
drives, one 3!/2-inch floppy disk drive, 
and a power supply. 

The hard disk drives are mounted on 
plastic brackets that allow easy snap-out 
removal . The entire case comes apart by 
removing two screws. There wasn't even 
enough room in the case for a 50-pin 
SCSI cable between the two hard disk 
drives; Sun mounted dual connectors on 
the motherboard, so both hard disk 
drives have their own short cables going 
right to the board. 

The 2GX's display controller is 
mounted on a daughtercard, overlapping 
another of the expansion slots. Sun 
claims there are three SBus "slots," 
which are really just sockets on the 
motherboard, but our 2GX had only one 
such socket free— the other two were oc- 
cupied by the display controller. Outside 
the case are connectors for two serial de- 
vices, SCSI devices, monitor, keyboard/ 
mouse, and audio. The audio connector 
is a DIN socket, which is where you plug 
in the microphone/speaker. 

In Living Color 

The 2GX's display controller accelerates 
wire-frame operations to what Sun calls 
"the fastest in the industry" (for the 
price, we tend to agree), but it also ap- 

140 BYTE- DECEMBER 1990 


S T 

I M 


I O N 

parently extends its might to the window- 
ing system . It displays 256 colors (from a 
palette of 16.7 million) at a resolution of 
1152 by 900 pixels. Our 2GX came 
equipped with a 19-inch (76-Hz refresh 
rate) Sony Trinitron monitor. Images are 
sharp, corner to corner, an important 
consideration if you are selling work- 
stations into the contentious advanced 
graphics market. The SPARCstation 2 
line reaches into that very market, with a 
set of options geared to match the user's 
level of need. The 2GS offers accelerated 
three-dimensional solids operations, 
with a 24-bit main display buffer depth 
and a 16-bit z-buffer. (Sun claims the 
2GS will calculate and display a mini- 
mum of 150K-byte 3-D vectors, and 
20K-byte solid Gouraud-shaded poly- 
gons per second.) 

The 2GT, Sun's top of the SPARCsta- 
tion 2 line, adds hardware antialiasing, a 
24-bit z-buffer, double-buffered 24-bit 
display (for animation), alpha transpar- 
ency, 8-bit overlay, and a resolution of 
1280 by 1024 pixels. Sun claims the 2GT 
will calculate and display 500K-byte 3-D 
vectors (or lOOK-byte antialiased 3-D 
vectors) and 100 z-buffered Gouraud- 
shaded polygons per second, a fivefold 
increase over the 2GS. (For an explana- 
tion of graphics buffering, see "3-D 
Graphics, from Alpha to Z-Buffer," July 

The 2GS and 2GT are targeted at the 
mid- to high-end graphics market domi- 
nated by the likes of Silicon Graphics and 
Hewlett-Packard. These two companies 
pack more hardware features into their 
workstations (e.g., hardware texture 
mapping and specularity), but Sun's per- 
formance numbers are impressive. For 
the mainstream CAD, CAM, and other 
design applications users, the 2GS and 
the 2GT speed up essential operations 
enough to make complex modeling a 
snap. In the area of "virtual reality," 
however, more capable workstations still 
make a better choice. 

From an ordinary user's standpoint, 
the 2GX's graphics price/performance 
ratio is excellent. You rarely spend time 
waiting for windows to draw— they just 
appear. Moving, resizing, and other 
window manipulations are similarly 
speedy. The graphics performance 
makes the 2GX's operating environment 
a pleasure, but there's a lot more to Sun 
systems than just fast hardware. 

Gunning for the Mac 

Steve Jobs, among other luminaries, has 
proclaimed the X Window System every- 
thing from poorly done to outright 
"brain damaged." And true enough, on 

its own, it lacks functions needed to sup- 
port modern applications. 

But OpenWindows 2.0 is impressive. 
It is an excellent demonstration of the 
strengths of Open Look. It is complete, 
well integrated, and easy to use. Months 
ago, we had seen beta versions of Open- 
Windows 2.0 on much smaller machines 
and were impressed with the speed with 
which it worked then. It sings on the 
SPARCstation 2 series. 

OpenWindows has, as its root, Sun's 
X 1 1 /NeWS (Network-Extensible Win- 
dowing System). NeWS adds PostScript 
compatibility (Sun's own, not Adobe's) 
to X Window. X 1 1 /NeWS uses a single 
server to handle both the PostScript and 
the XI 1 requests. The compatibility is 
complete. In our tests, every X applica- 
tion we ran across the network worked 
perfectly, with the exception of one that 
tried to take control of the color map. 
The Open Look Window Manager 
(olwm) did give up the color OpenWin- 
dows' designers, because the Mac is an 
obvious influence. There is a marvelous 

File Manager, and a bundle of other ap- 
plications called the DeskSet. Out of the 
box, OpenWindows might not be as easy 
to use for new users as a Macintosh, but 
with a bit of effort, system administra- 
tors can build a collection of menus and 
icons that can call out every function of 
the system without resorting to the shell. 

The rest of the operating system is the 
familiar SunOS, a BSD Unix derivative 
with some System V libraries and util- 
ities thrown in. SunOS is both a software 
developer's and a user's playground, not 
only because it has so much third-party 
support, but also because Sun provides 
libraries for all its added layers. As a re- 
sult, there are tens of thousands of com- 
mercial applications for SunOS, a point 
that has not been missed by Solbourne 
and CompuAdd. 

X Window, NeWS, and Open Look 
combine to make a powerful graphics ap- 
plication environment, and Sun even in- 
cludes X Graphics Library (XGL), an 
Xll-based immediate-mode 2-D and 
3-D graphics library. This makes the 

Photo 2: The inside of the 2GX. 

Everything is designed to conserve space, without sacrificing expandability. 

GX graphics 
accelerator daughtercard 

hard disk drives (2) 

DECEMBER 1990 -BYTE 141 


CompuAdd Delivers a Low-Cost SPARCstation 

Jon Udell 

The SPARCstation 1 
lives in the guise 
of the CompuAdd SSL 
CompuAdd uses a metal 
case, as it hopes to get 
an FCC class B rating. 
The SSI can also accept 
5 14 -inch storage devices 
and sports a 100-watt 
power supply. 

A SPARCstation from CompuAdd, 
the mail-order PC-compatible 
folks? Yes. CompuAdd's SSI looks, 
feels, and, for all intents and purposes, 
is the original 12.5-million-instruction- 
per-second SPARCstation 1 that Sun 
Microsystems discontinued this sum- 
mer. Differentiation was not the goal 
here. The SSI has the same SPARCsta- 
tion "pizza-box" case. Pop the top, and 
you'll find the same compact 8 ! /2- by 
1 1-inch motherboard. With the same 
three SBus slots. And the same SPARC 
chip set: LSI Logic's 20-MHz L64801 
integer unit, along with a supporting 
cast of LSI Logic application-specific 
ICs handling floating-point, caching, 
memory management, and DMA 
chores. Clearly, we've entered the era 
of the commodity workstation. 

Don't feel sheepish if you can't tell 
the SSI and the SPARCstation 1 apart. 
Neither can SunOS 4.1. The SSI comes 
bundled with the current release of 
Sun's hybrid BSD/System V Unix, 
which boots and runs flawlessly. Any 
lingering doubts about the SSI's com- 

patibility dispel when you run sundiag, 
Sun's low-level diagnostic utility. It 
probes every hardware nook and cran- 
ny: physical and virtual memory, disks, 
CPU and FPU, and Ethernet. No smoke 
and mirrors here; the SSI aces all the 

Our prototype system came with 8 
megabytes of memory, the standard 
connectors (SCSI, thick Ethernet, two 
serial, keyboard, and audio I/O), a 19- 
inch Moniterm monitor (monochrome, 
1 152 by 900 pixels), a Vh -inch floppy 
disk drive, a pair of internal SCSI hard 
disk drives (105-MB Quantums), and 
an external 200-MB SCSI drive. Sub- 


CompuAdd SSI 

$5995 and up 


12303 Technology Blvd. 
Austin, TX 78727 
Inquiry 1067. 

tract the disks, and you've got Com- 
puAdd's entry-level system, priced at 
$5995. A diskless unit with a 16-inch 
color monitor and an 8-bit frame buffer 
will run $7495, or, with 200-MB of disk 
storage, $8695. 

How does the CompuAdd stack up 
against the low end of Sun's SPARC 
product line? If you're comparing en- 
try-level systems, the SSI looks like a 
more expensive (but expandable) ver- 
sion of Sun's $4995 SLC (see table A). 
But what about real-world systems with 
adequate storage and color capabilities? 
An SSI with a 200-MB drive and 8-bit 
color will cost $1300 less than Sun's 
comparably equipped IPC, and a whop- 
ping $5800 less than a comparably 
equipped SPARCstation 1 -I- (see table 
B). Of course, both the IPC and the 1 + 
are 25-MHz machines rated at 15.8 
MIPS, so the SS 1 does give away some 
speed. Note also that the CompuAdd 
prices don't include Sun's OpenWin- 
dows , which Sun now bundles with all 
its SPARC products. 

Beyond that, Sun's seemingly anom- 
alous pricing clouds the issue some- 
what. Does the 1 +'s extra RAM capac- 
ity (40 MB versus 24 MB) and third 
SBus slot make it $4500 better than the 
IPC? Sun thinks so, and, following that 
logic, CompuAdd's three-slot, 64-MB- 
maximum SSI looks like a real deal. 
However, relative to the IPC— assuming 
you don't plan to grow out of it— Com- 
puAdd's price advantage is less compel- 
ling. Either way, though, there's clearly 
a niche for the SS 1 . 

There are a few minor differences be- 
tween the SSI and the 1+. The SSI's 
entry-level system comes with a larger 
monitor— 19 inches as opposed to 17 
inches. The SSI's case is metal, not 
plastic, and leaves room inside to re- 


Table A: Weighing your performance needs against your budget will determine whether the CompuAdd SSI is a 
viable SPARC system choice. Sun provides superior performance, but the SSI offers three SBus slots and up to 64 
MB of RAM. The entry-level systems are diskless and have 8 MB of RAM and a 1152- by 900-pixel display. 







GX graphics 

Sun SLC $4995 No 17" 12.5 16MB 

CompuAdd SS1 $5995 No 19" 3 12.5 64MB 

Sun IPC $8995 Yes 16" 2 15.8 24 MB 

Sun SPARCstation 1 + $8995 No 17" 3 15.8 40 MB 

Solbourne S4000 $8995 No 19" 3 25.5 104MB 



The IPC has two SBus slots and can theoretically support a GX accelerator. Sun "doesn't support" that configuration. 

142 BYTE- DECEMBER 1990 



Table B: 

The high-end 

systems are configured with a 200-MB hard disk 

drive, a 

16-inch color 

monitor, and a 1 152- 

by 900-pixel by 256-color 






Open Windows? 

CompuAdd SS1 





Sun IPC 





Sun SPARCstation 1 + 





Solbourne S4000 





place the 3y2-inch floppy disk drive 
with a 5 14 -inch device— for example, a 
CD-ROM. It has a beefier power supply 
(100 watts). It also comes with a me- 
chanical mouse instead of Sun's stan- 
dard optical mouse. Who cares? I do. 
Last year, a software vendor hauled a 
Sun system up to BYTE for a demon- 
stration and then found he'd forgotten 
the optical mouse pad. An hour of hand- 
waving ensued. Since then, I've viewed 
optical mice with suspicion. 

For demonstration purposes, Com- 
puAdd provided a healthy assortment of 
applications, including Lotus 1-2-3, 
AutoCAD, Interleaf's TPS, Frame- 
Maker, and Island Graphics' iWrite, 
iPaint, and iDraw. The arrival of 1-2-3 
and AutoCAD legitimized the SPARC- 
station in the eyes of many people. The 
availability of popular PC spreadsheet 
and CAD software makes SPARC ma- 
chines seem less exotic. Meanwhile, 
programs like TPS and FrameMaker— - 
designed, built, and targeted to run on 
h igh-performance workstations— make 
SPARC more desirable. That's the push- 
pull dynamic that Sun hopes will carry 
its latest low-end machines beyond the 
technical arena and into the much larger 
commercial realm. CompuAdd, gam- 
bling on the success of that strategy, 
plans to ride along in Sun's slipstream. 

A Basketful of GUIs 

Unix is a real face-dancer these days, 
and on the CompuAdd I had a chance to 
try out several of its current manifesta- 
tions. The SSI will ship with SunView, 
the original Sun graphical user inter- 
face. It's awkward and dated, but more 
SPARC programs today support Sun- 
View than support any other GUI. Al- 
though CompuAdd won't be bundling 
Open Windows, the Xll/NeWS/Open 
Look amalgam that is Sun's new stan- 
dard, our prototype SSI came with 
OpenWindows 2.0. (OpenWindows 

will be available separately from Com- 
puAdd, but the company hadn't yet de- 
cided on a price. You can get it directly 
from Sun for $295.) OpenWindows 
runs a pair of networkable window 
servers— X Window and NeWS— under 
the control of the Open Look window 
manager. The servers can cooperate so 
that, for example, X applications can 
use NeWS's scalable fonts. Too bad that 
only Sun and Silicon Graphics seem to 
take NeWS seriously. Its PostScript im- 
aging model adds a lot of spice to a win- 
dow system. 

OpenWindows tolerates SunView ap- 
plications, albeit grumpily. I was able to 
run Interleaf in a SunView window, 
alongside X 1 1 and NeWS windows. The 
SunView windows kept getting stuck in 
the foreground, though, and things 
never seemed quite right. Clearly 
there's some distance to go yet before 
SPARC machines will be able to lay 
claim to the seamless support of a large 
software base that characterizes the 
Macintosh and, to a lesser extent, Mi- 
crosoft Windows. 

On the other hand, I'm more and 
more impressed by the ease with which 
Unix machines communicate— over 
both LANs and wide-area networks. 
This, more than cosmetics, will be what 
drives commercial acceptance of Unix. 
CompuAdd, a vendor of PC and Mac 
equipment, understands that its custom- 
ers increasingly want to build heteroge- 
neous networks, and that Unix can help 
glue such networks together. You want 
Macs in the art department and PCs ev- 
erywhere else, all hooked up to a couple 
of SPARCstations acting as file servers 
and typesetting workstations? No prob- 
lem. It will be one-stop shopping from 

Jon Udell is a BYTE senior editor at 
large. You can reach him on BIX as 
"judell. " 


power of the graphics hardware available 
to the developer, and it smooths over the 
differences between SPARCstation 2 
models, but the developer needs to com- 
pile with different versions of the library 
for different graphics levels of the 
SPARCstation 2 series. 

Over the Line 

As we mentioned, Sun's selection of X 
Window as its graphics environment base 
makes connectivity across platforms al- 
most automatic, but only in one direc- 
tion. Ordinary X applications run 
without difficulty under OpenWindows, 
either locally or across network connec- 
tions, but running OpenWindows appli- 
cations that use NeWS, Open Look, or 
other extensions require those extensions 
on the displaying system. It is possible to 
write OpenWindows applications that 
don't require fancy software on the dis- 
play server, but that would mean strip- 
ping out some of the things that make 
OpenWindows special. Developers 
should not resort to this, because Sun's 
low-end monochrome and color work- 
stations also run OpenWindows. 

When you can attach a fully compat- 
ible diskless node for under $5000 (the 
Sun SLC), the lack of ability to exploit 
the window system's full potential on an 
X terminal or PC X server becomes un- 
important. Sun has even rolled its GX 
graphics accelerator into its SPARCsta- 
tion IPC, making that (according to Sun) 
the lowest-cost high-speed color work- 

Being a Sun system, the SPARCstation 
2 series systems come loaded with TCP/ 
IP, NFS, and NIS (the Network Informa- 
tion Service, previously known as Yellow 
Pages). We had no trouble at all getting 
the 2GX talking to all the systems in the 
BYTE Unix Lab. X applications like 
xterm and ico, which didn't use Open 
Look fonts or services, ran fine across 
the wire, and remote log-ins and NFS ac- 
tivities proceeded without a hitch. 

The Whole Enchilada 

Sun is still the top dog in workstations. 
Systems like the SPARCstation 2 series 
offer proof that the number one spot is 
likely to be Sun's domain for some time. 
The SPARCstation 2 series' design is re- 
markable throughout, from its down- 
sized desktop case to Sun's imaginative 
approach to operating environments. It 
seems perfectly suited to both demand- 
ing graphics applications and typical 
business fare. 

Sun provided demonstration versions 
of many applications, including Frame- 
Maker, WingZ, and iPaint, iDraw, and 

DECEMBER 1990 • B Y T E 143 


Solbourne S4000 Outguns SPARCstation 1 + 

Owen Linderholm 

The quiet-running 
Solbourne S4000 offers an 
estimated 20 percent 
performance increase over 
the Sun SPARCstation 1 + . 


Solbourne Computer, one of the first 
companies to license and build 
SPARC-compatible systems, has mostly 
concentrated on the high end with high- 
powered server systems. However, the 
company, along with its Japanese part- 
ner, Matsushita, has had the goal of 
building a desktop SPARC system based 
around a highly integrated SPARC pro- 
cessor of its own design. The Solbourne 
S4000 is that system (see the photo). 

The S4000 is based around a custom 
SPARC chip codeveloped by Matsushita 
and Solbourne. The MN10501 chip 
uses 64-bit data paths throughout, mak- 
ing it the first fully 64-bit SPARC pro- 
cessor. It incorporates a floating-point 
unit (FPU), memory management unit, 
cache controller, and memory, making 
it one of the most highly integrated 
SPARC processors available. The on- 
chip cache is 8K bytes of direct-mapped 
physical instruction and data cache. The 
memory bus used by the chip is 64 bits 
wide and transfers data at a rate of 60 
megabytes per second. Solbourne and 
Matsushita have been working on this 
processor since Solbourne first an- 
nounced its intentions to make SPARC- 
compatible systems. 

The 33-MHz processor achieves a 
MIPS rating of 25.5 and a SPECmark of 
12. This makes it about 20 percent 
faster than the SUN SPARCstation 1 + . 
The FPU and integer units within the 
chip operate asynchronously, and each 
has separate registers. Separate instruc- 
tion and data caches, 64-bit data paths 
to the caches, and the ability to do load 
and store operations in a single clock 
cycle make the chip operate fast. 

The base system ($8995) includes 8 
MB of RAM and can be expanded up to 
104 MB in 8- or 32-MB increments 
using 1-MB single in-line memory 
modules. The S4000 comes with three 
SBus slots operating at 25 MHz. It in- 
cludes an Ethernet port, two RS-423A 
serial ports, 8-kHz audio with an inter- 
nal speaker, and various SCSI mass 
storage options. Supplied with the sys- 
tem is a 107-key PC-style keyboard, 
which seemed lightweight compared to 
Sun's keyboard, and an optical three- 
button mouse. During the boot process, 
an LED on the front of the unit changes 
color at each phase. Should the boot 
fail, the color of the LED will tell you at 
what point the problem occurred. 

The S4000 can hold either one or two 
7>Vi-'\nch full-height, SCSI hard disk 
drives, each with 200 MB of storage 
space. The system can also optionally 
have a single 3 Vfe-inch floppy disk drive. 
The system box measures 17 by 17 inch- 
es and is a little over 3 inches tall. 

The system board is only 9 by 11 
inches, which leaves room for consider- 
able expansion inside the system. The 
size was achieved by the integration of 
the processor and using four custom 


Solbourne S4000 

$8995 and up 

Solbourne Computer, Inc. 

1900 Pike Rd. 
Longmont, CO 80501 
(303) 772-3400 
Inquiry 1068. 

ASICs for glue logic, peripheral, and 
memory control. Installing the full 
complement of RAM, however, limits 
mass storage expansion options to a sin- 
gle 200-MB hard disk drive. The result 
is that users must make a trade-off be- 
tween memory storage available and 
mass storage available, a trade-off that 
may be difficult to make in some cases. 

The design of the system is very 
clean. It consists of six field replaceable 
modules, so that if problems occur, 
modules can be rapidly removed and re- 
placed with repaired or new parts in the 
field. All that you need to do is unscrew 
seven screws to strip the machine. 

The Solbourne' s operating system is 
OS/MP4.0D, a SunOS 4.0.3 derivative 
that includes NFS, ONC, TCP/IP, Sun- 
View, X Window, the Solbourne Win- 
dow Manager and options for GKS 
graphics, PEX (Phigs Extensions to X 
Window), Solbourne Phigs, and a DOS 
emulator. The Window Manager has a 
"virtual desktop" feature that effec- 
tively expands your work area beyond 
the screen's boundaries. A box in the 
lower right corner shows available Open- 
Windows. This box is live; move the 
cursor into it, and you can select what 
you need. A "hammer and nail" feature 
lets you tack a window in place, so no 
matter where you move on the virtual 
desktop, that window remains in view. 

There are many graphics options for 
accelerated two-dimensional and three- 
dimensional graphics. Standard graph- 
ics are monochrome on a 19-inch moni- 
tor with 1 152 by 900 pixels and a 1-bit- 
per-pixel frame buffer. 

Standard color options include a 16- 
or 19-inch monitor displaying 1152 by 
900 pixels with an 8-bit color storage 
frame buffer and a 2-bit overlay frame 
buffer. This allows up to 256 colors 
from a palette of over 16 million. A 
high-resolution color option is also 
available with a 19-inch monitor and a 
display of 1280 by 1024 pixels with two 
color maps, each providing 256 colors 
from a palette of over 1 6 million. 

An advanced color option includes an 
accelerated color frame buffer known 
as SBus Graphics Accelerator (SGA), 
which can have an optional piggyback 
z-buffer daughtercard to accelerate hid- 
den pixel removal. An eight-plane ver- 
sion, the SGA40, uses two SBus slots. 


144 BYTE- DECEMBER 1990 

Database Users 
Respond To Queries 

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In a series of recent polls, Oracle's 
products were ranked number one 
by five magazines representing over 
four hundred thousand readers. 
Leading to only one conclusion: 
Oracle's database and networking 
products are the best solutions for 
the widest variety of PC and Mac 

The readers of both DATA BASED 
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Professional ORACLE Tools and 
Database the best SQL-based data- 
base. The readers of VARBUSINESS, 

who should know something about 
developing applications, named it 
the best applications software. And 
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reliability, compatibility and speed 
as some of the reasons they awarded 
Professional ORACLE Tools and 
Database the number one data 
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ORACLE for Macintosh received 
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readers, who named it Macintosh 
Product of the Year. 

InfoWorld readers also 

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And see what kind of software 
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Solbourne S4000 (continued) 
Solbourne expects a 24-plane version to 
be available in early 1991. 

Many hardware graphics accelerators 
for Unix systems put X Window primi- 
tives in hardware to speed them up. Sol- 
bourne goes beyond this by putting both 
X Window and PEX graphics primitives 
in microcode on these boards to dramat- 
ically improve the system's 2-D and 3-D 
performance in these environments. 
Graphics information is stored in main 
memory and is pageable. The SGA ac- 
celerator board has direct memory ac- 
cess across the SBus to this information, 
so there is no work for the CPU to do in 
supplying the graphics information to 
the SGA, resulting in improved perfor- 
mance. The SGA board also uses two 
digital signal processing chips to im- 
plement a graphics transform engine 
that runs at a peak of 50 million float- 
ing-point operations per second. One 
part of the board implements a fast rect- 
angle area fill at 240,000 pixels per 

Some of the functions handled in 
microcode on the SGA include 2-D and 
3-D line drawing with line styles and 
perspective and depth cues; 2-D poly- 

gon pattern fills; 3-D polygons with 
strips, meshes, Bezier patches, Gour- 
aud shading and hidden surface remov- 
al; an illumination model with eight 
light sources; BitBlt and dithering; and 
multiple color maps. 

Solbourne claims that the SGA40 ac- 
celerator can draw 450,000 lines per 
second in 2-D operations, 200,000 lines 
per second in 3-D operations, and can 
draw 10,000 Gouraud shaded polygons 
per second. The SGA has direct mem- 
ory access to graphics information that 
is stored in main memory, so that the 
CPU and the SGA can operate in paral- 

The S4000 with a 16-inch color 
monitor, 8 MB of RAM, and no disk 
drives costs $11,495; it costs $13,995 
with the SGA40. A 19-inch color system 
with 16 MB of RAM, a 200-MB hard 
disk drive, a floppy disk drive, and the 
SGA40 with the z-buffer option costs 
$22,495. (See the tables in the text box 
"CompuAdd Delivers a Low-Cost 
SPARCstation" for price and feature 

The basic Solbourne S4000 is an 
$8995 monochrome SPARCstation 1 + 

clone that runs faster. It can also be ex- 
panded far more than other SPARC sys- 
tems in this price range. In fact, internal 
memory expansion can go beyond that 
of the SPARCstation 2 series. The oper- 
ating software is not pure SunOS. It is, 
however, derived from SunOS and 
should be highly compatible with it. At 
the high end, the S4000 with full graph- 
ics options costs a little more than a Sun 
SPARCstation 1 + or IPC with GX 
graphics, but it also outperforms them 
considerably. In fact, some of its graph- 
ics features can be compared to those in 
the new SPARCstation 2 line. 

All in all, the S4000 line is a very 
flexible and expandable one that makes 
a great deal of sense. It starts relatively 
cheap but with good performance. It ex- 
pands easily to a very respectable level 
of performance, still with a good price. 
This level of flexibility should help Sol- 
bourne in the years ahead, where there 
is likely to be an explosion of SPARCsta- 
tion clones. 

Owen Linderholm is a BYTE news edi- 
tor. You can contact him on BIX as 
"owenl. " 

iWrite. These programs all take advan- 
tage of the unique environment created 
by OpenWindows, and the system's per- 
formance makes them fast and glamor- 
ous. Any PC user enamored of Windows 
3.0 or X Window on a VGA should feel 
like the horse-and-buggy driver at the 
dawn of the automobile. There are graph- 
ics environments that just get you where 
you're going, and then there's the real 
thing. Workstations still have that sewn 


SPARCstation 2GX 

less than $22,000 

SPARCstation 2GS 

less than $27,000 

SPARCstation 2GT 

less than $52,000 

SPARCstation IPC GX 

less than $15,000 

SPARCserver 2 

less than $22,000 

(Upgrades available for SPARCstation 

and SPARCserver system 1 and 1 -I- .) 

Sun Microsystems, Inc. 

2550 Garcia Ave. 
Mountain View, CA 94043 
Inquiry 1066. 

up, along with the Macintosh, and Open- 
Windows widens the gap even farther. 

Although other SPARC machines like 
the Solbourne and CompuAdd challenge 
Sun for price and performance and take 
advantage of the abundance of Sun appli- 
cations, they are attacking only the 
SPARCstation 1 and 1 + . It is unlikely 
they will have a negative effect on Sun's 
preeminence. In fact, their presence for- 
tifies Sun's position. Sun SPA RCstations 
will not suffer the same fate that IBM 
PCs did from the clone world. Sun is not 
IBM; Sun is still hungry and can move 
fast enough to stay ahead of the spawned 

Working with the SPARCstation 2 
series is almost an educational experi- 
ence, disproving some widely held be- 
liefs. First, those who insist that Open 
Look has been murdered in its sleep by 
OSF/Motif should feast their eyes on 
OpenWindows. OSF has been quicker in 
giving Motif more press coverage and 
(perhaps as a result) getting it on more 
machines, but more applications devel- 
opers have gone with Open Look. Open- 
Windows 2 is X Window and Open Look 
taken to their best and most logical po- 
tential. Second, even though the line be- 
tween PCs and workstations is getting 
blurrier by the day, systems like the 2GX 

(and the IPC, for that matter) prove that 
workstations still have an edge over even 
Unix-equipped personal computers. 
Third, X Window is not unsuitable as an 
environment for demanding applica- 
tions. If a vendor takes the time, as Sun 
has, to build on the base that MIT pro- 
vides, then X applications can be fast, 
feature-laden, and easy to use. 

Some systems are trendsetters. Just as 
the Apollo 2500 gave the low-end work- 
station market reason to exist, the Sun 
SPA RC station 2 series redefines the mid- 
range. And since Sun is the unquestion- 
able leader of the workstation world, re- 
sponsible for introducing workstation 
technology that sets standards, we hope 
that the SPARCstation 2 series signals a 
veering away from the cutting of corners. 
While some users may want the world's 
cheapest workstation on their desks, 
others can afford, and demand, the tradi- 
tional performance, effortless network- 
ing, and software leadership that make 
the term workstation mean something. 
Two thumbs up for the SPARCstation 2 
series and OpenWindows 2.0. ■ 

Tom Yager and Ben Smith are BYTE tech- 
nical editors. You can contact them on 
BIX as "tyager" and "bensmith," re- 

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Everything's Smaller 

in Texas 

In Texas, where everything is larger 
than life, they suddenly seem to 
have a knack for designing com- 
puters that are especially small. 
Hard on the heels of the Compaq LTE 
386s/20 comes a new 386SX notebook 
from Texas Instruments (TI) called the 
TravelMate (TM) 3000. This petite pow- 
erhouse from Dallas undercuts its rival 
from Houston: The overall performance 
is somewhat lower, but the TI notebook 
is almost 2 pounds lighter and has a list 
price that's $1000 less. 

The compact size and weight of the 
new TI notebook system are not surpris- 
ing, since it follows in the wake of the 
company's impressive TravelMate 2000. 
This lightweight notebook, codeveloped 
with Sharp and also sold by CompuAdd, 
includes a 286 processor and a hard disk 
drive, yet it weighs under 4 Vi pounds. 

The TM 3000, along with similar 
notebooks from Compaq, Epson, and 
Toshiba (see the text box "Toshiba and 


TI's new 386SX 
notebook weighs 
less than 6 pounds 

Andrew Reinhardt 

The Texas Instruments 
TravelMate 3000 packs a 20-MHz 

386SX, floppy and hard disk 

drives, and a VGA screen into a box 

three-quarters the size of the 

Manhattan yellow pages. 

Epson Join SX Notebook Club" on page 
152), is part of a new wave of computers 
that combine compact size with 386 per- 
formance and compatibility. The jump to 
the 386 has brought other improvements 
as well. In the LTE 386s/20, Compaq 
erased a drawback of its earlier 8086 and 
286 LTEs, the lack of VGA graphics. TI 
has likewise solved the problems of the 
TM 2000 by adding to the TM 3000 a 
floppy disk drive, better screen contrast, 
conventional I/O ports (instead of the 
miniature ports used before), and 50 per- 
cent longer battery life, the company 

The TM 3000 uses the 20-MHz ver- 
sion of the 386SX, boasts a VGA-resolu- 
tion display, and includes both a floppy 
disk drive and a hard disk drive. All this 
power is packed into an 8!/2- by 1 1-inch 
case less than 2 inches high and weighing 
a comfortable 5 3 A pounds, including the 
battery. To top it off, TI tosses in some 
snazzy software utilities and offers a 

DECEMBER 1990 -BYTE 151 


Toshiba and Epson Join 
SX Notebook Club 

Designers from Texas are not the 
only ones shrinking 386SX com- 
puters into notebooks. Toshiba, whose 
T1000 practically defined the early 
notebook, and Epson, a quiet but long- 
time player in the laptop market, have 
both announced plans to produce SX 
machines in svelte form factors. 

Both machines were announced too 
late for a hands-on evaluation, but their 
specifications indicate that they could 
be contenders in the market, assuming 
that pricing (which was unannounced at 
press time) is in line with their some- 

what lower performance. 

The Toshiba T2000SX, scheduled to 
be available in January 1991, looks like 
a cross between the company's existing 
286-based T1200XE notebook and its 
T3100SX laptop. Measuring 10 by 12 
by 2 inches and weighing in at just 
under 7 pounds including battery, it is 
larger and heavier than the TI Travel- 
Mate 3000 but lighter than the Compaq 

The T2000SX uses a 16-MHz 386SX 
chip and comes with 1 megabyte of 
RAM standard, expandable to 9 MB. 

The Toshiba T2000SX is a little larger 

than the Texas Instruments TravelMate 3000 

and uses a 16-MHz 386SX. It has the same 

keyboard as the Toshiba T3100SX. 

An 80387SX coprocessor is optional. 
Both a 3V2-inch 1.44-MB floppy disk 
drive and a hard disk drive are built into 
the system; initially, only a 20-MB hard 
disk drive will be available, but Toshiba 
eventually plans to offer a 40-MB drive 
as standard. 

The edge-lit supertwist nematic LCD 
offers VGA-resolution graphics with 16 
shades of gray but measures only 8!/2 
inches diagonally. Serial, parallel, ex- 
ternal monitor, and numeric keypad 
ports are included, and there is an ex- 
pansion bus for a desktop docking sta- 
tion. A slot for an optional modem is lo- 
cated under the machine. 

Epson announced its machine, the 
NB3s, cautiously: Although it was the 
first SX notebook to be unveiled, Epson 
disclosed neither prices nor a firm de- 
livery date. However, on paper the note- 
book looks impressive. It reportedly 
weighs just under 6 pounds and mea- 
sures 8^2 by 11% by VA inches, or 
about a tenth of a pound and 1 cubic inch 
more than the TI TravelMate 3000. 

The NB3s uses a 16-MHz 386SX 
CPU and can hold up to 5 MB of inter- 
nal RAM and an optional math copro- 
cessor. The base memory configuration 
has not been announced, but it will like- 
ly be 1 or 2 MB of RAM. For mass stor- 
age, both a 3!/2-inch floppy disk drive 
and a 20- or 40-MB hard disk drive are 
included. The backlit, black-on-white 
LCD offers VGA resolution with 16 
levels of gray. Standard I/O ports in- 
clude serial, parallel, external CRT, 
and numeric keypad. 

One of the most distinctive aspects of 
the Epson notebook is its desktop dock- 
ing station, which, in addition to two 
full-size AT-bus slots, offers bays for up 
to 120 MB of mass storage and support 
for a 101-key keyboard. The docking 
station itself is only 3 7 /io pounds, so the 
notebook and base combined weigh less 
than 10 pounds. The NB3s is slated to 
ship before the end of this year. 

keyboard that I believe is superior to that 

Power to Go 

The TM 3000's 20-MHz 386SX CPU 
has enough horsepower to run demand- 

ing applications while on the road, in- 
cluding software written specifically for 
the 386 instruction set. An 80387SX 
math coprocessor is an option, although 
it was not installed in the unit I evalu- 
ated. Preliminary BYTE benchmarks 

rate the CPU performance at 2. 75 times 
the speed of an IBM AT, which is a tad 
faster than the Compaq LTE 386s/20 and 
most of the deskbound 20-MHz SX ma- 
chines that BYTE has reviewed so far. 
The system is supplied with 2 MB of 

152 BYTE- DECEMBER 1990 


RAM, expandable on the motherboard in 
2-MB increments upto6MB.For mass 
storage, one of two 2 1 /2-inch Conner Pe- 
ripherals hard disk drives is available: a 
20-MB drive with a 23-millisecond aver- 
age access time or a 19-ms 40-MB drive. 
A 3 Vi -inch 1.44-MB floppy disk drive is 
located on the front of the system. 

On the BYTE benchmarks, the 20-MB 
drive turned in a disk I/O rating of 1 .60, 
or about 70 percent as fast as the LTE's 
drive. But TI supplies a disk-caching 
utility that boosts performance and saves 
battery life; with a 64K-byte cache in- 
stalled in extended memory, the bench- 
mark index rose to 1.80. It should be 
noted that the drives for the Compaq 
notebook are available in 30- and 60-MB 
capacities; TI plans to offer a 60-MB ver- 
sion in the second quarter of 1991. 

The TM 3000's display is a triple su- 
pertwist nematic LCD measuring 10 
inches diagonally. It is switchable be- 
tween black on white or white on black 
via a toggle. While it is essentially the 
same screen used in the TM 2000, TI 
says that engineering refinements have 
produced blacker blacks and better con- 

The screen offers 640- by 480-pixel 
VGA resolution with a 32-gray-shade 
palette (16 shades visible at a time) using 
the Chips & Technologies VGA chip and 
Quadtel VGA BIOS. It is lit from the side 
by a single cold-cathode fluorescent 
tube, yet I found it very crisp and legible 
in a variety of lighting conditions. The 
only drawback is performance: The 
video subsystem posted a rating of 5.31 
in the BYTE benchmarks, versus 8.00 

What the display and hard disk drive 
lack in zip, the keyboard makes up for in 
comfort. The TM 3000 has a 79-key key- 
board with 10 function keys on the top 
row (Fl 1 and F12 are accessed with an 
Fn key) and an embedded numeric pad 
superimposed on the alpha keys. Sepa- 
rate cursor-movement keys are arranged 
in an inverted T on the lower right side of 
the keyboard. I found typing on the TM 
3000 much easier than on an LTE: the 
keys have a good "clicky" feel and ade- 
quate travel, and I greatly prefer the ar- 
rangement of the arrow keys to the awk- 
ward reclined-L pattern on the LTE. 

To connect the TM 3000 to the outside 
world, TI provides standard I/O ports 
(i.e., parallel, serial, PS/2 mouse, and 
external VGA monitor), grouped behind 
a hinged door on the left side of the com- 
puter. Also on the left is a proprietary 
slot for an optional 2400-bps internal 
modem. On the right side is a mini- 
connector for an optional numeric key- 




Preliminary BYTE Lab benchmark results indicate that the new TI notebook 
computer has a fast CPU index compared to other 20-MHz 386SX systems, but 
disk and video performance are mediocre. All benchmark indexes show 
performance relative to an 8-MHz IBM AT; higher numbers are better. 



Disk I/O 


TI TravelMate 3000 




Compaq LTE 386s/20 
Dell 320LX 








pad, and on the back is another miniport 
for connecting to a desktop base station. 
The base station is the same one of- 
fered for the TM 2000 except for a differ- 
ent adapter to accommodate the greater 
height of the TM 3000. It contains 1 Vi 
AT -bus slots for add-in cards, a 3 Vi -inch 
storage bay, and a power supply to drive 
both the notebook and the expansion 
chassis. The base station is scheduled to 
be available in December, but TI hasn't 
yet announced a price. 

A Power Boost 

Notebook computers push the envelope 
in power management, because design- 
ers have to squeeze the maximum operat- 
ing time out of the smallest possible bat- 
tery. Although the TM 3000 uses about 
twice as much power as the TM 2000, TI 
has managed through improved power 
engineering and a variety of software 
utilities to boost run time by 50 percent, 
from 2 hours to 3. I wasn't able to verify 
this claim because my evaluation unit 
had some power glitches. 

The TM 3000 uses removable, re- 
chargeable nickel-cadmium batteries that 
together weigh about 1 pound. (Without 
the batteries, the system weighs only 4 7 / 10 
pounds, or about one-third of a pound 
more than the NEC UltraLite.) TI says 
that the batteries can be recharged inside 
the computer in 3 to 4 hours when it is not 
in use. An external charger will also be 


TravelMate 3000 

with 20-MB hard disk drive, $5499 
with 40-MB hard disk drive, $5999 

Texas Instruments, Inc. 

Information Technology Group 
P.O. Box 202230, ITG-065 
Austin, TX 78720 
(800) 527-3500 
Inquiry 1076. 

To prolong operating time, TI inte- 
grated many of the TM 3000 's functions 
into low-power application-specific ICs. 
CPU speed drops automatically from 20 
MHz to 8 MHz when the system is idle, 
and a software utility called BatteryPro 
induces processor wait cycles when the 
CPU is holding for keyboard entry or 
I/O. These techniques alone can save 20 
percent to 25 percent of battery life, TI 
says. Other utilities included with the 
TM 3000 let the user specify time inter- 
vals for blanking the screen and power- 
ing down the hard disk drive. The system 
also includes BatteryWatch from Travel- 
ing Software. 

Swimming with Sharps 

TI produced the TM 2000 in conjunction 
with Sharp, which sells the same ma- 
chine under the name PC 6220, but 
Sharp did most of the engineering work. 
With the TM 3000, that situation is re- 
versed: TI did the design near Dallas, 
and the machine will likely be relabeled 
and sold by Sharp as well. This alone is 
a clear indication of TI's engineering 
prowess. That TI was also able to match 
and even beat Compaq at a game the lat- 
ter has made a specialty bodes well for 
TI's future in notebooks. 

Then there is the price. For a starting 
configuration with 2 MB of RAM and a 
20-MB hard disk drive, the TM 3000's 
suggested list price is $5499. This in- 
cludes DOS 4.01, LapLink, Battery- 
Watch, and other bundled software for 
controlling the display, disk cache, and 
power management. A configuration 
with a 40-MB drive will list for $5999, 
or $500 less than the 30-MB Compaq 
LTE 386s/20. This is still a lot of money, 
but if you need a 386 on the road or you 
just can't resist the latest breakthrough in 
portable power, the TM 3000 may be just 
the ticket.! 

Andrew Reinhardt is an associate news 
editor for BYTE in New York. He can be 
reached on BIX as "areinhardt." 

DECEMBER 1990 -BYTE 153 

The Okidata OK 

It's why we had 


the laser printer. 



June 12, 1990 


Whats the Okidata OK? Its a badge of honor 
that every Okidata product has to earn-a symbol of 
our commitment to design and deliver products that 
offer outstanding value and performance. Products 
that will not only satisfy you, but impress you. 

TheLaserless Printhead: 
Warranteed for 5 Years. 

The performance promise behind the Okidata 
OK is the reason we had to re-invent the conventional 
laser printer. Our engineers frankly rejected the 
industry-standard page printer technology of laser 
beams, lenses and rotating mirrors. Instead, they 
designed and built a proprietary, solid-state LED 
printhead with no moving parts. Its a printing system 
so trouble-free, we guarantee our LED print element 
for 5 full years-making it by far the longest warranty 

f* in the industry. 

But reliability isn't the only advan- 
tage our unique printhead offers. It also 
means a simpler design, resulting in a 
straight-line paper path thats far less 
likely to jam-even when feeding heavy 
stock, envelopes, or labels. And, since we 
build it ourselves, it means something 
else-a lower cost. 

Only $999 Page Printer. 

Our 4 ppm OL400, for example, has the lowest 
list price of any page printer on the market: only 
$999.* Yet that price gets you a printer that earned a 
PC Magazine Editor's Choice Award, with standard 
features-extra fonts, a full 200-sheet paper tray— 
that you won t find on a LaserJet® IIP selling for 
hundreds of dollars more. Plus a slim, low-profile 
design thats less bulky on a desktop. 

The OL800:Twice the Output, 
with Room to Grow. 

And the OL400 isn't the only Okidata LED 
page printer to offer outstanding value. For applica- 
tions where greater speed is needed, the OL800 
delivers 8 ppm with all the advantages of the Okidata 
LED printhead: straight-line paper path, 5-year 

printhead warranty, and a low $1499 list price. 

Like all our LED page printers, the OL800 
emulates HP®Series II for compatibility with most 
popular software; with its speed and selection of resi- 
dent type fonts, it can handle the printing needs of a 
whole work group. Whats more, as your applications 
change and your needs grow, a simple upgrade kit 
turns the OL800 into either a font-scaling OL820 or a 
PostScripts-compatible OL840. 

The OL820: Smarter 
Than a LaserJet III. 

The OL820 earned the Okidata OK by learning 
how to do font-scaling on the fly. Thanks to a special 
chip our engineers designed into the 820, it can solve 
complex type-sizing and positioning problems 
instantly— problems the LaserJet III needs to talk to 
its software to work out.That means the OL820 can 
deliver up to three pages of sophisticated text while 
the LaserJet III is still working on its first page. 

And all at a price thats hundreds of dollars less 
than the LaserJet III. 

PostScript and Beyond. 

And for applications that require full Adobe 
PostScript® compatibility, our OL840 delivers it in 
spades. Its ready to connect to any PC or Macintosh® 
system, or to both at the same time-then switch 
between systems with the push of a button. 

The Okidata OK. Its a promise that makes our 
job-to design and manufacture a line of page 
printers offering both 
outstanding value 
and performance-a 
hard one. 

But it makes 
your job-choosing 
the right brand of 
page printer for your 
than ever before. 

For additional 
information, call us 
at 1-800-800-7333. 


We don't just design it to work. We design it to work wonders.™ 

Pictured with optional second paper tray; available on OL800, OL820 and OL840 models. 
HR LaserJet, Adobe PostScript, Macintosh arc trademarks of their respective corporations. 

'Manufacturers suggested retail price. Dealer prices may vary. 

OK1LATA is a registered trademark of Oki America, Inc., Marque deposec de Oki America Inc. 

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Laser Printer Alternatives 

When Laser Printers 
Can't Cut It 

The BYTE Lab tests 
27 dot-matrix and page 
printers that pick up 
where laser printers 
leave off 

Stanford Diehl and 
Howard Eglowstein 

Are you planning to run out and 
buy a laser printer? If so, stop, 
take a deep breath, and consider 
what you are buying a printer 
for. You might want to consider a laser 
printer alternative. 

Sure, laser printers are fast and getting 
less expensive by the day. But maybe you 
need to print multipart forms; laser 
printers can't do that. Or perhaps you 
will be printing long program or data- 
base listings. A large stack of cut sheets 
is definitely not the way to print long list- 
ings. And at 5 cents per page, they're 
five times the cost of dot-matrix output. 
A long piece of perforated pin-feed paper 
is much more convenient and fits easily 
in a special binder. If you've ever pasted 
together multiple letter-size spread- 
sheets, you're sure to appreciate the abil- 
ity to print on 13-inch-wide paper. 

There are alternatives to the laser 
printer, and this month, the BYTE Lab 
looks at 27 printers that might suit your 
needs. You be the judge. 

Quality is a big consideration when 
buying a printer, so all the reviewed 
printers have 24-pin print heads (or the 
equivalent) and produce letter-quality 
output. For the dot-matrix printers, we 
chose wide-carriage models and further 
required that they all handle graphics in 

156 BYTE* DECEMBER 1990 

either IBM Proprinter or Epson LQ emu- 
lation. This narrowed the field to 21 dot- 
matrix and two ink- jet printers. Another 
alternative to a laser printer is a page 
printer with a nonlaser print engine. The 
text box "You're Being Paged" on page 
158 introduces two LED, one LCS (liq- 
uid-crystal shutter), and one ink- jet page 
printer, each with print quality to rival 
the laser printers and full Hewlett-Pack- 
ard PCL emulation. 

If You Can't Fight 'Em, 
Emulate 'Em 

All printers evolved from the simple 
typewriter. Teletypewriter machines 
provided feedback to the earliest hackers 
before CRTs became popular. Even after 
monitors became the preferred interface, 
modified teletypewriters hung around as 
simple hard-copy output devices. From 
the teletypewriter evolved the daisy 
wheel, whose loud and clumsy operation 
drove users to dot-matrix printers as 
soon as the machines produced accept- 
able quality. Now, of course, ink-jet 
printers and cheap laser printers threaten 
the dot-matrix models for mainstream 

Centronics marketed the first success- 
ful line of dot-matrix printers and, for a 
time, had the market mostly to itself. 
Then the Japanese printers poured in. 
Seiko was the first Japanese company to 
manufacture dot-matrix print heads. 
Then Seiko turned them over to its Epson 
subsidiary, which began selling printers 
of a quality and price that Centronics 
couldn't match. 

In 1981, when IBM needed a printer 
for its new Personal Computer, it chose 
an Epson. Although the name tag said 
"IBM," the printer and its underlying 
command set were pure Epson. IBM's 
choice of an Epson solidified the Epson 
standard. Even the so-called Centronics 
parallel port is actually an Epson modi- 
fication of the original Centronics de- 

In today's dot-matrix market, most 

manufacturers emulate the Epson printer 
command set. Printer companies emu- 
late the Epson so that their printers will 
be compatible with leading software 
packages. To communicate with a print- 
er, every software package must include 
a driver that the specific printer can 
understand. A printer vendor must either 
write its own driver for every major piece 
of software or create a printer that can 
talk to the most popular drivers around. 
While having a wide range of emulations 
will increase a printer's chances of being 
compatible with software products, all a 
printer really needs these days are IBM 
and Epson emulations. To be successful, 
most software must include drivers for 
the Epson and the IBM Proprinter. If 
your printer emulates these two (see 
photo 1), you won't have to worry about 
software compatibility. 

Still, emulating the commands is not 
enough. The command sets, after all, 
continue to evolve, sprouting new fea- 
tures and capabilities each time Epson or 
IBM releases a new printer. Luckily, the 
enhanced commands are backward-com- 
patible. If you have a newer Epson 
printer, you can still use software that 
supports the old models; you just won't 
be taking full advantage of the printer. 
For instance, in table 1, we list two 
Epson emulations— Epson 1050 and 
Epson 2550. Any printer that emulates 
the 2550 will also work with a 1050 
driver and, indeed, with drivers dating 
back to the original MX series. The 
printers that do not support 2550 emula- 
tion do not include the latest enhance- 
ments to the Epson printer command set. 
Likewise, IBM's latest printer, the Pro- 
printer XL24E, has an enhanced com- 
mand set (that's what the E stands for). 
You should always use the most recent 
driver that your printer will support to 
ensure that you're getting the most out of 
your investment. 

Fujitsu takes an interesting approach 
to the emulation issue. The DL4600 uses 
the Fujitsu DPL24C Plus command set, 


DECEMBER 1990 -BYTE 157 


Laser Printer Alternatives 

You're Being Paged 

Perhaps you want a page printer but 
you have specific needs that a laser 
printer cannot address— larger paper, 
say. While they're not in the same cate- 
gory as the dot-matrix and ink- jet char- 
acter printers, the four page printers 
that we examined (see photo A) have 
specific design advantages over their 
laser counterparts (see table A). 

The first thing we wondered when we 
started to test these LED, LCS (liquid- 
crystal shutter), and ink- jet page print- 
ers was: What's the point? They aren't 
really cheaper, they're not always faster 

(see figure A), and the LED/LCS tech- 
nology uses essentially the same sup- 
plies as a laser printer. 

The Epson EPI-4000 ink- jet printer is 
unique in that it can handle PCL or 
Epson graphics on 11- by 17 -inch pa- 
per. It's probably not a good choice as a 
general-purpose printer; it's slower 
than the Hewlett-Packard Series II, and 
the water-based ink makes the paper 
wrinkle if you print a large black area. 
Still, the print quality is good, and if 
you need to print on large paper, the 
EPI-4000 is your only option. 

LED and LCS technologies are simi- 
lar in that they use a photosensitive 
drum to attract toner, much the way a 
laser printer does. The difference is that 
a laser printer uses a scanning laser 
beam to charge the drum. LED and 
LCS printers use an array of 2550 indi- 
vidual elements— one for each pixel on 
an 8 ! /2-inch line. On an LED printer, 
there is one LED for each pixel, and as a 
given line is printed, the printer acti- 
vates the required LEDs. 

The LCS printer uses a similar tech- 
nique, but it places an array of liquid- 

Photo A: Laser quality without the laser: Page printers reviewed are (clockwise from top left) the Epson EPI-4000, the 
Okidata OkiLaser 820, the Fujitsu RX7100 S/2, and the Qume CrystalPrint Publisher II, 

158 BYTE- DECEMBER 1990 

crystal elements between the drum and 
an incandescent light source. According 
to Qume, this configuration allows for 
more even light distribution, preventing 
a streaky appearance in large black 
areas. Compared to laser printers, LED 
and LCS printers have fewer moving 
parts to break, which suggests that they 
may be more reliable. Without the scan- 
ning mirror, the LED/LCS technologies 
print a more even black without any 
trace of scan lines. As for performance, 
the Okidata OkiLaser 820 (LED) was 
the fastest in our long-document and 
text-and-graphics tests, thanks to its fast 
paper handling. The Fujitsu RX7100 
S/2's exposed paper bin (see photo A) 
made it easy to load. Qume's Crystal- 
Print Publisher II has a fast RISC pro- 
cessor, which gave it an edge on the 
short-memo test. CrystalPrint Publish- 
er II has both PostScript and Apple 
LocalTalk interfaces, making it a fine 
addition to any Mac network. 

Overall, we couldn't detect any sub- 
stantial difference in print quality be- 
tween the CrystalPrint Publisher IPs 
LCS engine and the LED printers, al- 
though all three had much blacker 
blacks than the Hewlett-Packard Laser- 
Jet Series II. As for reliability, the 
claims seem reasonable; time will tell. 


Table A: Ink-jet, 

LED, and LCS printers offer a range 

of interface and emulation 

choices. (0=yes; 

9= no; (O)=optional.) 







OkiLaser 820 


Publisher II 






Dimensions in inches 










Weight (pounds) 




35y 5 

Memory— standard 




3 MB 

Memory— expansion 




6 MB 












Print sharing 




















Maximum print speed 

Depends on page 





1000 LQ pages 

6000 pages 

2500 pages 

7500 pages 


5000 hours® 

3000 pages/ 

5000 pages/ 

6000 pages/ 





Paper capacity 

100 sheets 

150 sheets 

200 sheets 

100 sheets 

Maximum paper size 







Diablo 630 










HP LaserJet II 





IBM Proprinter 










Resident fonts 



5 (HP), 13 
(Scalable Oki) 

8 (HP), 39 


Push tractor 

Font cards, second 
paper bin 

Font cards 

Font cards 


< Worse Better ► 

< Worse Better ► 

< Worse Better ► 


Epson EPl-4000 

Fujitsu RX71 00 S/2 

Hewlett-Packard LaserJet II 

Okidata OkiLaser 820 

Qume CrystalPrint Publisher II 





I I 


1 1 1 




I I 

.. d . ml. : 

I I 


i > 

I I 

I I I 

D 1 2 3 
_l First page 
__] Short memo 


I I 

D 1 2 c 
_d Text and graphics 
_J Graphics throughput 

I ( 

I I 
D 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0 1 

1 Long document 

Figure A: Since these printers work like Hewlett-Packard LaserJets, we ran the tests used for our July Product Focus, 
"Laser Printers Get Personal. " The first-page and short-memo tests are heavily influenced by warm-up time and the speed 
at which fonts can be downloaded. The text-and-graphics and graphics-throughput tests reflect the speed of a lengthy 
binary-image transfer. Finally, the long-document test rates the printers on their ability to churn out long listings. In all 
cases, the tests are normalized to the Hewlett-Packard Series II (its index rating is I). 

DECEMBER 1990 -BYTE 159 



CPS index 

Advanced Matrix Technology Accel-535 


Alps America Allegro 500XT 

Apple ImageWriter LQ 

Brother M-1924L 

Canon BJ130e 

C-Tech Electronics C-515 

Dataproducts Model 9044 

Epson LQ-2550 

Facit B2400/50 

Fortis DQ4215 

Fujitsu DL4600 

Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 500 

Hewlett-Packard RuggedWriter 480 

IBM Proprinter XL24E 

Mannesmann Tally 131/24 

NEC Pinwriter P6300 

Okidata Microline 393+ 

Panasonic KX-P1 624 

Seikosha SL-230 

Star Micronix XB-241 5 Multi-font 

Tandy DMP 2103 

Toshiba America ExpressWriter 440 

IBM Proprinter XL24E=1 

< Slower 




* *f 


b) Text and graphics indexes 

< Slower Faster ► | 







' ~TI 

















___._ m 


• r i 


0.5 1.0 1. 
Draft mode 

0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 
Letter quality 

2.5 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 

Figure 1: (a) Vendors ' cps (characters per second) ratings do not always reflect real-world results. Our tests use a typical 
formatted document. The results are normalized on the IBM Proprinter XL24E (its index rating is 1 , so a printer with a rating 
of 2 runs twice as fast as the Proprinter). The Hewlett-Packard RuggedWriter 480 had far and away the fastest 
letter-quality printing. The RuggedWriter 480 and the Okidata Microline 393+ turned in the fastest draft performance. 
(b) Our text-and-graphics test included text, line art, a gray-scale test pattern, and a gray-scale TIFF image scanned at 300 dots 
per inch. The results are normalized on the IBM Proprinter XL24E (its index rating is 1). The Facit B2400/50 and the C-Tech 
C-515 led the field. All printers were tested with the Windows 3. Proprinter driver unless only an Epson driver was supported. 
The Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 500 required its own driver. 

which includes most of the commands 
for the Proprinter and Epson LQ-2550. 
On top of that, the DL4600 printer ac- 
cepts "emulation cards." These optional 
cards slide onto the memory board and 
deliver additional printer emulations. 

Quick and Dirty 

Many buyers look to dot-matrix printers 
without worrying too much about print 
quality. They just want their output fast. 
When you're pumping out an early draft 
or a preliminary listing, you usually 
want it right away. Speed has become a 
major factor in dot-matrix purchasing 

Note that the results of our testing (see 

Photo 1 : Setting the standards. 
Most dot-matrix printers emulate one 
or both of these two printers: the IBM 
Proprinter XL24E (top) and the Epson 
LQ-2550 (bottom). 

160 BYTE 


Laser Printer Alternatives 

figure la) conflict with the characters- 
per-second (cps) ratings as listed in table 
1 . Don't be alarmed. We have not uncov- 
ered a conspiracy. When printer vendors 
publish speed ratings, they are literally 
referring to the time it takes to print a 
burst of characters. This time does not 
include movement of the print head, line- 
feeds, and carriage returns. Our test gen- 
erates a long document with numerous 
elements not included in vendor tests (see 
the text box "Lab Tests: Connect the 
Dots" at right). Keep this in mind when 
reviewing cps ratings. You can use these 
ratings to compare the speed of various 
printers, but don't expect a printer rated 
at 300 cps to print a 10,000-character 
document in 33 seconds. The BYTE Lab 
tests reflect real-world results that you 
can expect to duplicate (see also figure 
lb). Table 1 includes draft and letter- 
quality cps ratings at 10 cpi, the accepted 
standard, as supplied by the vendors. 

When you opt for letter-quality print- 
ing, you will, of course, forfeit some 
speed. Many dot-matrix printers en- 
hance quality by printing a second iden- 
tical character on top of (or slightly offset 
from) the first. As you would expect, 
this technique will at the very least halve 
the print speed. 

Luckily, you don't have to wait for the 
entire printout before getting back to 
work. This is where printer buffers come 
in. The bigger the buffer, the more out- 
put your computer can pass to the printer 
and the sooner you get control of your 
keyboard. On the other hand, printer 
memory is not as vital to a dot-matrix 
printer as it is to a page printer. Because 
a page printer must first build an image 
in its memory, it requires a minimum 
amount of RAM to do its job. Dot-matrix 
printers use memory only as buffer space 
and to download fonts. So, if you're plan- 
ning to use downloadable fonts with your 
dot-matrix printer or if you just want a 
healthy buffer, make sure that you have 
adequate memory. Table 1 lists each 
printer's maximum memory configura- 

Please Turn That Thing Down 

The new breed of dot-matrix printer is 
worlds quieter than its ancestors, al- 
though after testing over 20 of them, we 
still went to bed at night with that annoy- 
ing hum in our ears. 

Some models with special "quiet" 
modes dampen noise by printing more 
slowly and by printing one-half of the 
line in each of two passes. Our tests re- 
vealed that most printers produce copy at 
roughly half-speed when printing in 
quiet mode. Some of the printers were 

Lab Tests: Connect the Dots 

We started our tests by hooking 
each printer (except the Apple 
ImageWriter LQ) to our base system, a 
Compaq Deskpro 386/20. We fiddled 
around with the printer before consult- 
ing the manual, just to see how intuitive 
the interface was. We loaded razor-cut 
fanf old paper and fed it into the printer 
as specified in the manual. Usually, 
pushing a formfeed button or pulling 
back on the paper bail lever caused the 
paper to load automatically. We then 
tried the tear-off function and parked 
the paper for single-sheet feeding. Nu- 
merous formfeeds helped test the feed- 
ing mechanism. We usually developed a 
strong impression of a printer before the 
first real test even started. 

For one test (see figure la), we print- 
ed a fairly long (55K-byte) document 
from the DOS prompt. We timed the test 
from the first strike of the print head to 
the formfeed at the end of the docu- 
ment. This was designed to test speed in 
characters per second on a formatted 
document. We ran the full-speed test 
twice, once in high-speed draft quality 
and once in letter-quality mode. For the 
Apple ImageWriter LQ, we printed 
from Microsoft Word 4.0 on a Mac Por- 
table. To test the Canon BJ130e for 
Canon mode compatibility, we con- 
nected to a Canon Cat, one of Canon's 
dedicated word processors (it ran fine). 

As the cps test ran, we took a sound 
reading of each printer. A sound meter 
recorded the decibel reading 3 feet in 
front of the printer. We recorded the 
highest dB rating consistently registered 
on the meter (see figure 2). We took a 
second reading for those printers with 
special quiet modes. 

We ran our text-and-graphics speed 

test from PageMaker 3.01 under Win- 
dows 3.0. With the Windows print 
spooler disabled, we started timing as 
soon as the printer began receiving 
data, and we stopped timing when the 
printout was complete (see figure lb). 
Our graphics file included line art, a 
scanned TIFF image, a gray-scale test 
pattern, and text in various fonts. We 
tested both Epson and IBM Proprinter 
emulation for those printers supporting 
both; otherwise, we used whatever 
driver the printer could handle. Some 
printers, such as the NEC Pin writer 
P6300 and the Fujitsu DL4600, have 
custom Windows 3.0 drivers. For these 
printers, we tested the available emula- 
tions as well as the native drivers. We 
timed the Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 500 
using the standard DeskJet driver. We 
also tested the DeskJet 500-specific 
driver with scalable font technology. 
The scalable fonts looked terrific, and 
we had no problems running Page- 
Maker with them. The PageMaker file 
ported directly to Mac PageMaker 3.02 
for printing from the Mac Portable. 

Next, we parked the fanf old paper 
and loaded a seven-part McGraw-Hill 
requisition form (if you can get one of 
those through, you can get anything 
through— these monsters have seven 
sheets of heavy paper and six separate 
carbons). We set the gap adjustment 
until the highest-quality printout was 
achieved. If a printer would not accept 
the seven-part form, we removed pages 
from the form one by one until the form 
fed properly. Although not all printers 
accepted the seven-part form, they all 
met or exceeded the vendor specifica- 
tion for multiple copies. Ink- jet printers 
will not generate multipart copies. 

pleasantly muted even without a quiet 
mode. And, of course, if you really cher- 
ish your peace and quiet, the ink- jet 
printers barely break out of a whisper. 
We took sound readings for each printer 
and graphed the results in figure 2. We 
used the most common unit of sound 
measurement, decibels, in our testing. 
Doubling the volume means a 10-dB in- 
crease. A difference of 5 or 6 dB is sig- 
nificant, and even a 2-dB difference is 

It helps to listen to the printer before 
you buy it. Try to carry on a normal con- 

versation with the printer running. We 
found that the dB rating of a printer was 
not always as important as the quality of 
the sound that it made. Some emit an un- 
obtrusive sound that may register a high- 
er dB rating, while a "quieter" model 
may make you cringe with its high- 
pitched squeal. Two of the quietest 
printers, the Brother M-1924L and the 
Seikosha SL-230, registered 65 dB in fast 
draft mode; in quiet mode, they both reg- 
istered 62 dB. Compare that to the Pana- 
sonic KX-P1624, which prints at 77 dB 
in fast draft, 68 dB in quiet mode. Then 

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Draft mode 

Quiet mode 

Advanced Matrix 
Technology Accel-535 

AEG Olympia NPC1 36-24 

Alps America Allegro 500XT 

Apple ImageWriter LQ 

Brother M-1924L 

Canon BJ130e 

C-Tech Electronics C-515 

Dataproducts Model 9044 

Epson LQ-2550 

Facit B2400/50 

Fortis DQ4215 

Fujitsu DL4600 

HP DeskJet 500 

HP RuggedWriter 480 

IBM Proprinter XL24E 

Mannesmann Tally 131/24 

NEC Pinwriter P6300 

Okidata Microline 393+ 

Panasonic KX-P1 624 

Seikosha SL-230 

Star Micronix XB-2415 Multi-font 

Tandy DMP 2103 

Toshiba America 
ExpressWriter 440 

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increase of 10 equates to sound twice as loud, but even a 2-dB difference is 
noticeable. A typical conversation registers 60 dB, while a passing truck registers 
about 90 dB. It was no surprise that the two ink- jet printers (the Canon BJ130e 
and the Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 500) were the quietest. For those printers that 
include a quiet mode, we measured that separately. 

there are the Alps Allegro 500XT and 
the C-Tech C-515, buzzing in at 75 dB 
and 74 dB, respectively, without a quiet 
mode to tone down the chattering when 
the phone rings. 

One solution to the noise problem is a 
printer muffler— a cabinet with foam in- 
sulation and cooling that you place over 
the printer. Depending on the size and 
quality of the enclosure, we found print- 
er mufflers listed in several mail-order 
catalogs for between $70 and $250. Or 
you could hook your printer to a long 
serial cable and put it in your closet. 

DIP Switches, R.I.P. 

As simple as the technology seems at 
first glance, dot-matrix printers are no- 
toriously aggravating to work with. Ven- 
dors of the latest breed have bucked this 
trend by improving paper-handling fea- 
tures and the user interface. For the most 
part, DIP switches— those tiny, cryptic 
switches used to configure printers in the 
past— have gone the way of the daisy 
wheel. Among the 24-pin printers that 
we looked at, only the Hewlett-Packard 
RuggedWriter still uses the old-time in- 
terface. In fact, the RuggedWriter uses 
DIP switches only for configuration set- 
tings that you won't normally deal with 
on a day-to-day basis. The RuggedWriter 
handles font and pitch changes by front- 
panel controls. 

Some vendors still use a variation of 
the DIP switch theme. The Seikosha 
America SL-230 keeps its configuration 
switches on a credit-card-style function 
card (see photo 2). You set the switches 
(kind of like rotary DIP switches) and 
then slide the card into the front of the 
printer. The twist here is obvious: You 
can have different cards configured for 
each printer application. This feature is 
especially handy when different applica- 
tions need to share one printer. Instead of 
fumbling through a new configuration 
each time a different user requires hard 
copy, each user simply plugs in a cus- 
tomized card. 

Among the printers we reviewed, most 
offer a true menuing interface. You view 
menu options from an LCD or from a 
printed list. Either way, your current se- 
lections and possible choices are clearly 
displayed so you don't have to refer to a 
manual each time. Some of the printed 
menus— such as the ones from C-Tech, 

Photo 2: The Seikosha SL-230 's 
credit-card-style function card serves 
the same purpose as old-fashioned DIP 
switches. You can keep multiple function 
cards, each configured for a different 

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Table 1 : Paper-handling options, speed, and 

Printer Advanced AEG 
Matrix Tech. Olympta 

noise ratings are among the most important features that distinguish 24- pin dot- 

Alps Apple Brother Canon C-Tech Data- Epson 
America products 

matrix printers. 
Faclt Fortls 



NPC 136-24 










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Rated characters per 
second— draft (10 cDi) 











Rated characters per 
second— LQ (10 cpi) 












Standard buffer (bytes) 














Optional buffer (maximum) 











Type of tractor 





Push or pull 








Bottom feed? 









• ,.; 


,, ^. , 


' • 

- • 



Paper park? 















. • 









Plug-in font cartridge? 









Quiet mode? 










Number of multiple copies 













Resident fonts 
Ribbon life (characters) 












5 million 

2 million 

2 million 

4 million 

3Vz million 

1 million 

3V2 million 

2 million 

3 million 

3 million 



Print-head life 1 Not 

Mean time between failures 1 5,000 hours 
(50% duty) 

100 million 
6000 hours 
(20% duty) 

200 million 


6000 hours 

(25% duty) 

400 million 


6000 hours: 

(25% duty) 

200 million 


200 million 

200 million 

200 million 

150 million 
>4000 hours 
(20% duty) 


100 million 

6000 hours 
(25% duty) 


6000 hours 
(25% duty) 


5000 hours 
(10% duty) 


3000 hours 
25% duty) 


6000 hours 
(20% duty) 


Number of stored 








Dimensions in inches 















Weight (pounds) 










Tested decibel level 
(high-speed draft) 













Epson LQ-1050 
Epson LQ-2550 



Diablo 630, 
Xerox 4020 






Diablo 630, 
Brother HR 





Diablo 630 






Graphics resolution 
(maximum) in dpi 











360x 180 


User interface 



Printed menu 

DIP switches 


DIP switches Printed menu 

Printed menu 


Printed menu, 


print head 


Auto thickness sensor 











Heat sensor ^^^ 










Micro feed (increment) 

1/120 inch 

1/180 inch 

1/180 inch 

1/216 inch 



1/216 inch 

1/180 inch 

1/180 Inch 

1/180 inch 

1/180 inch 









Warranty (years) 







/ 1 





Hardware interface 

P. RS-232C 

P.RS-232C P,RS-232C(0) 




P, RS-232C 

P. RS-232C(0) 

P, RS-232C 

P,RS-232C(0) f 

3 ,RS-232C 



•=Yes. 0=No. (0)=Optional. N/A=Not applicable. LQ= Letter quality. 

1 Vendors measure print-head life in characters or in dots per pin. The number of pins fired per character depends on various factors. A draft character equals roughly two dots. 

Dataproducts, Okidata, and Tandy- 
print a line for each option you cycle 
through. For instance, to change the set- 
ting for characters per inch, you cycle 
through each option (e.g., 15 cpi, 12 cpi, 
10 cpi), and each option is printed on a 
line as you move through them. You then 
press a second button when the proper 
option is printed out. The method is sim- 

ple and clear, but it's also slow, and it 
wastes paper. To save time and paper, 
the Facit B2400/50, the Mannesmann 
Tally 131/24, and the Star Micronics 
XB-2415 Multi-font vary the technique 
somewhat. These models also print out 
menu options, but to select those options, 
you press directional keys to use the print 
head as a cursor to make your selection. 

For true clarity and ease of use, you 
can't beat the LCD interface. With the 
best ones, clear options are displayed on 
the panel and selected simply, without 
reference cards or wasted paper. So if 
you crave an elegant cure for the printer 
installation blues, take a close look at the 
models with LCDs: the AEG Olympia 
NPC 136-24, the Brother M-1924L, the 

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IBM Mannesmann 









DeskJet 500 




































































201 K 



























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5 million 

1000 pages 

5 million 


2.5 million 

3 million 

5 million 

3 million 

5 million 

4 million 

2 million 

3 million 

400 million 

(Part of 

Life of printer 

Not 1 
available < 

50 million 

200 million 

400 million 

200 million 


) million 

% duty) 

200 million 

200 million 

200 million 

8000 hours 
(25% duty) 

20,000 hours 
(25% duty) 

(10% duty) 

Not 7800 hours 
available (25% duty) 

6000 hours 
(25% duty) 


4000 hours 
(25% duty) 


5000 hours 
(25% duty) 



4000 hours 
(250/o duty) 

5000 hours 
(25% duty) 



























































HP 2930, 
HP LaserJet 

• • 
O • 
O • 

NEC Pinwriter 




NEC P5200/ 











Not available 










DIP switches 

DIP switches 

Buttons, Printed menu 
musical tones 

Printed menu 

Printed menu 

LED matrix 


Function card, 


print head 


Printed menu, 


print head 


Printed menu 

Printed menu 















1/60 inch 



1/180 inch 

1/1 80 inch 

1/180 inch 

1/1 80 inch 

1/180 inch 


1/360 inch 

1/80 inch 


















* K 










P, RS-232C 

P, RS-232C, 

P,RS-232C(0) P,RS-232C(0) P,RS-232C(0) 

P, RS-232C 

P, RS-232C(0) 

P, RS-232C 

P, RS-232C(0) 



Epson LQ-2550, the Fortis DQ4215, and 
the Fujitsu DL4600. 

Perhaps the slickest interface of all 
(the most fun, anyway) belongs to the 
Advanced Matrix Technology Accel- 
535. In addition to a detailed 16-charac- 
ter LCD, the control panel has a select 
dial (see photo 3). The dial serves a few 
purposes. With the printer off-line, the 

dial acts as a platen knob, properly posi- 
tioning your paper. If you turn the dial 
while pressing the Alt button, the print 
head moves left or right. This provides 
an easy way to set margins and print 
forms. You just position the head where 
you want to print and go to it. And fi- 
nally, the dial aids the user interface. 
You turn the dial to scroll through vari- 

ous menu options. Making setup changes 
on the Accel-535 is as easy as picking 
songs on a jukebox. 

Another way to prevent configuration 
headaches is to use stored configura- 
tions. If you have two or three different 
applications for the printer, you can store 
the proper configuration for each one of 
them. When it comes time to change 

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How to Tell One Dot-Matrix Printer 

from Another 

Armed with a good knowledge of 
printer basics, how do you go 
about selecting a 24-pin dot-matrix 
printer? As we pointed out in the main 
article, first decide if you really need 
one. If you're planning to spend many 
hours a day printing, you might be bet- 
ter served by an LED, LCS (liquid- 
crystal shutter), or laser printer. If qual- 
ity is more important than multipart 
capability, or if noise is likely to be a 
problem, perhaps you'd be better off 
with an ink- jet printer. 

On the other hand, if your applica- 
tions require high-quality output, don't 
buy a dot-matrix printer just to save a 
few bucks. Down the road, you will 
probably regret not purchasing a page 
printer. Laser-quality output is quickly 
becoming thestandard for business cor- 
respondence. Dot-matrix print, even at 
24-pin resolution, just won't look pro- 

fessional enough. For basic correspon- 
dence needs (even simple letters and 
memos), you should spring for the extra 
cash for a low-cost page printer. 

If, after you have carefully weighed 
all these points, you're committed to 
buying a dot-matrix printer, consider 
the following issues. Do you plan to al- 
ternate between tractor-fed and single- 
sheet paper on a regular basis? If so, 
parking and autoloading features are es- 
sential. If you're going to share the 
printer on a network and load it down 
with long print jobs, a heavy-duty print 
mechanism and high-speed output 
would be wise. If you need the multipart 
capability but have to work in close 
quarters with the printer, pay attention 
to the quiet mode or the machine's over- 
all noise ratings. 

Label stock has improved significant- 
ly over the years. It used to be that the 

labels would come off the backing paper 
and jam up under the print platen, caus- 
ing all sorts of serious, sometimes fatal, 
jams. Getting adhesive labels out from 
under the platen can be almost impossi- 
ble. Things are better now, but we sug- 
gest that you stick with straight paper 
paths for printing labels. A front-to- 
back or bottom-to-top path will serve 
you well. 

Finally, when you start scouting out 
printers, don't be content to print on a 
preconfigured display model. That's a 
good way to narrow down your choices, 
but once you're close to a decision, ask 
if you can take it through the configura- 
tion process yourself. You'll learn a lot 
about the printer's operation and ease of 
use. We found out as much about these 
printers by setting them up and config- 
uring them as we did testing and analyz- 
ing them. 

parameters, you can do it in one easy 
step; just activate the custom configura- 
tion. Table 1 reports the number of stored 
configurations available with each printer. 

Choosing the Right Path 

Despite advances, most dot-matrix 
printers still require some babysitting. A 
major problem is back-feeding. Many 
models still feed paper from the rear and 
send output to the rear. All too often, the 
output will curl around to the feeding 
mechanism, wrap around the platen, and 
cause a crippling paper jam. You can al- 
ways direct the paper over the front of the 
printer to avoid the problem, but there 
are better solutions. 

Some vendors devise paper separators. 
A rack or tray separates the output from 

the ingoing paper, with varying degrees 
of success. A better way is to feed your 
paper in from one direction and out an- 
other. With bottom-feed printers, you 
can place the paper below the printer and 
never have to worry about back-feeding 
again. The paper flows in the bottom and 
out the rear, which also frees up a little 
desk space. Some bottom-feed printers 
require an optional pull tractor, and you 
will need a special stand with an opening 
on the surface to accommodate bottom 
feeding. The Alps Allegro 500XT and 
HP RuggedWriter 480 feed from the 
front and send printed copy out the rear. 
This prevents back-feeding and makes 
printing labels easier. With a straight 
paper path, the labels do not wrap around 
the platen where they often peel off or 

jam the printer. You'll need to clear 
some extra space in front of your printer, 
but that's far easier than clearing a nasty 

Desk Snakes 

Another aggravating paper problem in- 
volves the placement of a printer's ca- 
bles. The parallel cable and the AC cord 
join the traffic at the rear of the unit, 
often causing messy tangles and an ob- 
structed paper path. Some vendors, such 
as Brother, put the cable port on the side 
of the printer. This solves one problem 
but may cause others. The cable and port 
are more exposed to possible abuse, and 
you will need to clear out additional 
space beside your printer to make room 
for the cable. Epson opted for a simple 
solution: A clear plastic cover lies over 
the cables, keeping them out of your way. 
Tractors that pull paper from above 
the print head are the most efficient way 
to move paper, but getting the last page of 

Photo 3 : The Advanced Matrix 
Technology Accel-535 has the slickest 
interface of the 27 dot-matrix and page 
printers we reviewed this month. 
By spinning the dial, you can scroll 
through the options in the menu display. 
When not setting options, the dial can 
move the paper or set margins. 

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a printout requires the waste of a whole 
sheet. To avoid this, each printer that we 
tested has a push tractor below the print- 
ing mechanism. Some vendors offer pull 
tractors as an option, usually to accom- 
modate thick forms and labels. We had 
no problem with tractor feeding from any 
of the printers we tested. 

The only difficulty we encountered 
came from the paper itself. Perforated 
sheets come in two major forms— regular 
and razor-cut. The regular paper has 
thick, meaty perforations that require 
some effort to tear. Razor-cut paper has 
more precise perforations that tear clean- 
ly and leave clean edges. Sometimes in 
our tests the sheets tore too easily, sepa- 
rating the paper from the pin-feed strips 
and causing a paper jam. Reloading the 
paper usually was enough to get the job 

A few important features have signifi- 
cantly improved paper handling. Most 
dot-matrix printers now load automati- 
cally. You just place the paper in the trac- 
tor and push a button, and the paper loads 
to the correct position. The print head 
senses the position of the paper so that it 
feeds consistently each time. 

What a Rip-off! 

The "tear-off" feature saves tractor-fed 
paper. After you've printed a page, you 
can press a button to make the paper feed 
enough so that you can tear it off. When 
you return to printing, the paper is rolled 
back to. the top of the form. Anyone who 
has wasted sheets of paper just to tear off 
a printout should appreciate this feature. 
Some printers automatically advance 
paper to the tear-off position whenever 

the buffer is clear of data. When more 
data pours in, the printer pulls the paper 
back to its previous spot and begins print- 
ing again. Pretty slick. With the Alps Al- 
legro 500XT, the paper advances to a 
tear-off position whenever 1 second 
passes without data coming into the 
printer. When we printed graphics from 
PageMaker under Windows 3.0, the data 
came out in spurts spaced more than 1 
second apart. The Allegro would print a 
line of graphics, feed to the tear-off posi- 
tion, retreat, print another line, and feed 
to the tear-off position again. It's easy 
enough to turn off the tear-off feature, 
but you should be able to configure the 
interval, as well. 

For loading single sheets, you'll really 
appreciate sparking feature. Simply 
push a button, and the fanfold paper re- 
treats as far back as the tractor and stops. 
You can then switch to friction feed and 
load your single sheet. Another push of a 
button automatically loads the fanfold 
paper again. If you do a lot of switching 
between fanfold paper and single sheets, 
you really need parking. 

Lift That Bail 

Another clever feature is the automatic 
bail. While the paper is loading, the 
paper bail automatically retracts from 
the platen. Then, as the paper passes be- 
neath it, the bail snaps into position. This 
feature is especially useful when you 
have a single sheet that does not feed 
quite far enough for the paper bail to trap 
it. If you leave the bail down and start 
printing, the paper will often crumple as 
it encounters the bail. Otherwise, you 
have to watch the paper as it ejects and 

close the bail at the right time. Automatic 
bails stay open when the page is loaded 
and snap down as soon as the paper is be- 
neath them. 

One clear application still belonging 
solely to the dot-matrix crowd is printed 
forms. To test the printers, we loaded 
them with a seven-part, friction-feed 
form and filled it out, checking each 
copy for legibility. Although a couple of 
printers were unable to print all seven 
copies, they all easily lived up to the ven- 
dor specifications. Table 1 reports how 
many copies the printer can safely handle 
(the number on the table includes the 
original). We recommend that you stay 
within the vendor specifications for 
multiple copies. You can damage your 
print head if you don't. The printer usu- 
ally has a "paper gap" adjustment. You 
set the lever to reflect the number of 
pages being loaded. The Epson LQ-2550 
and the Fujitsu DL4600 can automati- 
cally sense the paper thickness and ad- 
just the print head accordingly, so you 
need not worry about manual adjust- 
ments each time. 

Cut-sheet feeders hold a stack of single 
sheets, loading them to the printer one at 
a time. At least, that's the theory. Fric- 
tion feed and gravity are not the most re- 
liable loading method. If you plan on 
using cut sheets most of the time, an in- 
expensive laser printer would better 
serve your needs. Paper cassettes 
smoothly feed single sheets, and a laser 
printer's output is usually more suitable 
for a cut-sheet application. 

And Another Thing . . . 

You should always consider upgrade pos- 
sibilities. Will you want color? The Ad- 
vanced Matrix Technology Accel-535, 
Apple ImageWriter LQ, and Epson LQ- 
2550 can give you that right out of the 
box. Other models, as listed in table 1, 
offer a color option. This usually in- 
volves installing a small device that will 
raise and lower the ribbon so thatthe pins 
strike one of four color bands. To print 
secondary colors (such as green), the 
head lays down first a track of yellow and 
then a track of cyan. While it may form a 
pretty shade of green, printing a light 
color over any darker color will pick up 
stray color, ruining the ribbon. After a 
while, your yellows will be tinged with 
green, your reds with purple. Expect 
your color ribbons to have a much shorter 
life. Color-capable printers often treat an 

Photo 4: Two rugged machines: 
the Hewlett-Packard RuggedWriter 480 
(bottom) and the Okidata Microline 
393+ should stand up to hard use. 

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C-Tech Electronics, Inc. 

Hewlett-Packard Co. 

Qume Corp. 



(DeskJet 500 and 

(CrystalPrint Publisher 


2515 McCabe Way 

RuggedWriter 480) 



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181 10 Southeast 34th St. 

500 Yosemite Dr. 

Camarillo, CA 93012 

Irvine, CA 92713 

Camas, WA 98607 

Milpitas, CA 95035 

(805) 992-2264 

(800) 347-4017 

(800) 538-8787 

(408) 942-4000 

Inquiry 1111. 

Inquiry 1116. 

Inquiry 1123. 

Inquiry 1129. 

AEG Olympia, Inc. 

Dataproducts Corp. 


Seikosha America, Inc. 

(NPC 136-24) 

(Model 9044) 

(Proprinter XL24E) 


3 140 Route 22 

6200 Canoga Ave. 

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P.O. Box 22 

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Mahwah, NJ 07430 

Somerville, NJ 08876 

(800) 624-8999 

Inquiry 1124. 

(800) 338-2609 

(800) 999-7808 

Inquiry 1118. 

Inquiry 1130. 

Inquiry 1112. 

Mannesmann Tally 

Epson America, Inc. 


Star Micronics 

Alps America 



America, Inc. 

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20770 Madrona Ave. 

8301 South 180th St. 

(XB-241 5 Multi-font) 

3553 North First St. 

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Kent, WA 98032 

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San Jose, CA 95134 

(800) 289-3776 

(800) 843-1347 

Suite 2702 

(408) 432-6000 

Inquiry 1119. 

Inquiry 1125. 

New York, NY 10170 

Inquiry 1113. 

(800) 447-4700 

Facit, Inc. 

NEC Technologies, Inc. 

Inquiry 1057. 

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(Pinwriter P6300) 

(ImageWriter LQ) 

P.O. Box 9540 

1414 Massachusetts Ave. 

Tandy Corp. 

20525 Mariani Ave. 

Manchester, NH 03 108 

Boxborough, MA 01719 


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(603) 647-2700 

(800) 632-4636 

1800 One Tandy Center 


Inquiry 1120. 

Inquiry 1126. 

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Inquiry 1114. 


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Inquiry 1058. 

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(Microline 393 + and 



OkiLaser 820) 

Toshiba America 


1820 West 220th St., 

532 Fellowship Rd. 


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Suite 220 

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Systems, Inc. 

Somerset, N J 08875 

Torrance, C A 90501 

(800) 654-3282 

(ExpressWriter 440) 



Inquiry 1127. 

Computer Systems Div. 

Inquiry 1115. 

Inquiry 1121. 

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Irvine, CA 92718 

Canon USA, Inc. 

Fujitsu America, Inc. 


(800) 334-3445 



and Systems Co. 

Inquiry 1059. 

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Lake Success, NY 1 1042 

3055 Orchard Dr. 

Two Panasonic Way 

(800) 848-4123 

San Jose, CA 95134 


Inquiry 1117. 

(800) 626-4686 

(800) 346-4768 

Inquiry 1122. 

Inquiry 1128. 

all-black ribbon as a color ribbon, 
spreading out the printing chore over the 
four black "bands." A black ribbon will 
last at least four times as long as a color 
ribbon for black printing jobs. Because 
of the extra color bands, a color ribbon is 
more expensive, and printing black text 
will use only one-fourth of the ribbon. 

You may also want a wider variety of 
type styles as your needs develop. Most 
of these printers accept some kind of font 
card to generate additional fonts. How- 
ever, there is no standard equivalent to 
the HP LaserJet cartridge. In general, 

dot-matrix font cartridges are propri- 
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a rich selection of fonts to choose from; 
others have only a select few. Vendors 
add new ones all the time, so find out 
how many and which fonts are available 
for your model. Be aware that because 
the fonts are nonstandard, your software 
probably won't know about them. You'll 
have to add the font functionality to your 
applications or select your new fonts 
from the control panel. 
By all means, skim through the print- 

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should include clear step-by-step instal- 
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tory illustrations, a complete listing of 
command sequences (in ASCII, deci- 
mal, and hexadecimal notation), and— as 
always— a sufficient index. You may not 
need it all now, but it may come in handy 

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deciding factor. The text box "How to 
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other" on page 166 explains how you 
might choose between them and how we 
selected the five printers below. 

It turns out that there's a good reason 
for the market leaders being market lead- 
ers. Epson may not be known for its other 
hardware offerings, but the people there 
sure know how to build a printer. The 
LQ-2550 ($1499) is a beautiful machine. 
It has a simple LCD interface and all the 
amenities, including an automatic bail 
and a thickness sensor. Color is stan- 
dard, and you certainly won't have to 
worry about compatibility. Likewise 
with the IBM Proprinter. Its interface is a 
bit cryptic, relying in part on musical 
tones, but its output is beautiful and its 
construction solid. The Okidata Micro- 
line 393 + (see photo 4) printed well, has 
all the amenities, and is built like a tank. 
For heavy-duty use and high-quality out- 
put, you probably can't do better than the 

Like the LQ-2550, the Advanced Ma- 
trix Technology Accel-535 ($1485) is 
expensive, but, again, with good reason. 
This printer is fast and full-featured. 
The LCD interface is as elegant as it gets. 
Color is standard, as is a 32K-byte buffer 
(upgradable to over 400K). You'll also 
get four resident fonts and an excellent 

If speed is not a major concern but 
price is, the Panasonic KX-P1624 offers 
all the major features, seven resident 
fonts, and a 12K-byte buffer for $650. 
For $149 more, the AEG Olympia NPC 
136-24 adds an automatic bail, a 24K- 
byte buffer, and an LCD interface. 

Dot-matrix printers still have a broad 
market that page printers can't touch. 
And even if you already have your fancy 
page printer, you may want a dot-matrix 
printer to churn out your drafts and list- 
ings. That strategy will save time and 
money, not to mention wear and tear on 
your laser printer engine. Don't discount 
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should continue to fall as laser printers 
put a squeeze on the low end of the mar- 
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steals out there. Dot-matrix technology 
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well. "Old Man Ribbon," he just keeps 
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Sony NeWS and MIPS Magnum: 
A Double Shot of RISC 

Vith such a crowd of Unix worksta- 
tions in the low-end market, how 
can you tell them apart? In a 
word, software. Consider, for example, 
the Sony NeWS 37 1 and the MIPS Mag- 
num 3000. Both machines are based en 
the MIPS R3000 RISC CPU chip set. 
Both have floating-point acceleration and 
fast color graphics. 

Physically, these machines have much 
in common. They are compact, the Mag- 
num 3000 slightly more so (see the 
photos). They come equipped with quar- 
ter-inch cartridge tape drives. At the 
rear, the machines have connections for 
the keyboard, serial devices, a thick-wire 
Ethernet port, and external SCSI de- 
vices. While both workstations use the 
same CPU and floating-point chips, the 
NeWS 3710 runs at 20 MHz, while the 
Magnum 3000 runs at 25 MHz. 

From there, the hardware differences 
are almost insignificant, with a couple of 
exceptions. The NeWS 3710 holds a 
front-facing, high-density 3 !/2-inch flop- 
py disk drive next to the tape drive. It's a 
bit more expandable than the Magnum 
3000, holding two 25-pin serial ports 
and three internal expansion slots. On 
the review system, two of the three slots 
were available; one was occupied by the 
color display controller. The NeWS 3710 
also boasts digital stereo audio and the 
ability to power itself down. 

The Magnum 3000 has one Industry 
Standard Architecture-compatible inter- 
nal slot, but the color display adapter 
fills it (leaving it free only on the mono- 
chrome system). The machine also has 

two serial ports, but one of them is devot- 
ed to the mouse through an odd cable ar- 
rangement. For convenience, the mouse 
plugs into the keyboard (as with the 
Sony), but the Magnum 3000's keyboard 
cable splits to connect to both the key- 
board and serial port number 1 sockets. 
A round "don't touch me" sticker bound 
one edge of the case, indicating that the 
unit is not field-expandable. 

How It Feels 

If you sit in front of a workstation all day, 
as I do, how well the system interacts 
with you is important. In the case of 
these two machines, the display is no 
problem— both use the gorgeous Sony 
Trinitron monitor. Sony shipped a 19- 
inch display; MIPS sent a 16-inch moni- 
tor. The colors are true, and the pixels 
are small and sharply defined, making 
the display easy on your eyes. 

The Magnum 3000's keyboard is 
springy, and it looks very Mac-like. It 
sports a network activity light (which, 
incidentally, never came on). The key 
placements are just where you'd expect 
them to be. The feel was a little stiffer 
than I like. The Magnum 3000 uses the 
likable, old-style Logitech Mouse (the 
boxy one). You can rest your entire hand 
on it, and the buttons have a short travel 
and a positive click that lets you know 
that you've pressed them. 

On the other hand, the NeWS 3710's 
keyboard and mouse were so unpleasant 
to use that they might as well have been 
wrapped in barbed wire. Special keys, 
such as a Vertical Line key, are placed so 

that a touch-typist has to stop dead and 
hunt for them. The Delete key is next to 
the Return key, inviting disaster from 
unsuspecting operators who terminate 
their programs when they try to get to the 
next line. The right-hand Shift key is ad- 
jacent to a dead key (it doesn't travel— I 
call it a "finger breaker"), and the Alt 
key appears on only one side of the key- 
board. The mouse is also awkward to 
use. It's hard to wrap your hand around 
it, and the button travel is too long. My 
mouse squeaked, appropriately, when I 
pressed the buttons. 

One redeeming feature of the NeWS 
3710's interface is its software-operated 
power switch. I first encountered such a 
switch on the AT&T 3B2 and thought it 
was a great idea. If you're working at 
home and a nasty thunderstorm starts 
moving in, you can dial up your Sony 
workstation at your office and tell it to 
shut itself off. A special argument to the 
shutdown command, -x, does an orderly 
shutdown and dumps power. 

The front-mounted power switch will 
not power down the machine (it only 
works to power it up), which is good, 
since the placement makes it a prime 
target for accidental contact. Remote 
power-down capability also adds extra 
teeth to any power-monitoring scheme 
you might set up. When your uninterrup- 
tible power supply kicks in, you can have 
the system automatically power off. This 
is such a simple, worthwhile idea and is 
so easy to implement that I can't under- 
stand why it isn't standard on every 

Software: The Real Difference 

Don't let anyone fool you— the most im- 
portant piece of equipment in a worksta- 
tion is the software. In this regard, the 
systems are as different as they can be 
and yet still be similar; let me explain. 

The NeWS 3710 that I received was 
running the same operating system as 
other Sony workstations: BSD 4.3. The 
Magnum 3000 runs its own RISC/OS, 

172 BYTE- DECEMBER 1990 

which is a mix of System V and BSD. 
The operating-system question may be 
moot by the time you read this; Sony is 
switching over to System V release 4. 
Much of what that operating system 
promises is already in RISC/OS. MIPS 
stacked the BSD file system, libraries, 
and commands atop a System V kernel. 
The folks at MIPS insist that the Mag- 
num 3000 can compile and run any BSD 
or System V application without modifi- 
cation. Add to that job control, TCP/IP 
networking, line-printer handling, and 
other BSD-isms, and you have an operat- 
ing system that should please even the 
staunchest BSD fanatic. I prefer System 
V as an application environment: It's eas- 
ier to maintain and use, and all the bene- 
fits of System V are apparent in RISC/ 

The MIPS ► 

Magnum 3000 has 
a smaller case 
than the Sony 
NeWS 3710 and 

The Sony NeWS 
3710. The floppy 
disk and tape 
drives are 
behind a door on 
the right front of 
the case. 

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Sony NeWS 3710 


Sony Microsystems Co. 
645 River Oaks Pkwy. 
San Jose, CA 651 34 
(408) 434-6644 

Components (as reviewed) 

Processor: 20-MHz MIPS 

Memory: 8 MB of RAM; 64K- 
byte instruction cache; 64K-byte 
data cache 

Mass storage: 3 1 /2-inch 1 .44- 
MB floppy disk drive; 640-MB 
hard disk drive 

Display: 19-inch Sony Trinitron 
color monitor; 1280- by 1024- 
pixel 256-color display 
I/O interfaces: Two serial 
ports; thick-wire Ethernet 
interface; SCSI port; three Sony 
expansion slots 


jgp With 16-inch monitor; $16,900 

Inquiry 1110. 

MIPS Magnum 3000 


MIPS Computer Systems, Inc. 
Sunnyvale, CA 94086 

Components (as reviewed) 

Processor: 2 5- M H z M I PS 
coprocessor; 32K-byte 
instruction cache; 32K-byte 
data cache 

Memory: 16 MB of RAM 
Mass storage: Two 200-MB 
internal SCSI hard disk 
drives; 150-MB cartridge tape 

Display: 16-inch Sony Trinitron 
color monitor; 1280- by 1024- 
pixel 256-color display 
I/O interfaces: Two serial 
ports; thick-wire Ethernet 
interface; SCSI port 



Inquiry 1109. 

DECEMBER 1990 -BYTE 173 

Sony NeWS and MIPS Magnum 


MIPS Magnum 3000 

Sony NeWS 3710 

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Sony NeWS 3710 MIPS Magnum 3000 

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* Tower of Hanoi 0.3 1.8 0.2 2.7 

(17-disk problem) 
System Loading 1 

1 concurrent background 

process 3.0 1.3 2.1 1.9 

2 concurrent background 

processes 3.9 1.5 2.8 2.1 

4 concurrent background 

processes 6.5 1.5 4.5 2.2 

* 8 concurrent background 

processes 11.6 1.5 7.8 2.2 

Cumulative index is formed by summing the indexed performance results for C Com- 
piler, DC Arithmetic, Towerof Hanoi, System Loading (with 8 concurrent background 
processes). Dhrystone 2, and Floating Point tests. 

System loading was performed using Bourne shell scripts and Unix utilities. 

Note: All times are in seconds unless otherwise specified. Figures were generated 
using the BYTE Unix benchmarks version 2.6. Indexes show relative performance; for 
all indexes, an Everex Step 386/33 running Xenix 2.3.1 = 1. 
N/A = Not applicable. 

Towerof Hanoi 


System Loading 


Dhrystone 2 


Floating Point 

Sony NeWS 3710 MIPS Magnum 3000 

Time Index 

' Dhrystone 2 

(without registers; Dhry./sec.) 

(10,000 iterations) 
Arithmetic overhead 
1 Floating Point 


System call overhead 
(5 x 4000 calls) 
Pipe throughput 
(read and write 2048- x 
5 12-byte blocks) 
Pipe-based context switching 
(2 x 500 switches) 
Process creation (100 forks) 
Execl throughput (100 execs) 

Filesystem throughput 

(1600 1024-byte blocks 
in Kbytes/sec.) 











988 N/A 

1458 N/A 

185 N/A 
















OS. Soon, Sony will have them, too. 

Both systems provide X Window Sys- 
tem services, as well. Sony's X server 
includes the Shape (for handling nonrec- 
tangular objects) and Bezier (repre- 
senting complex curves with few data 
points) extensions. These provide fertile 
ground for involved graphical applica- 

The xdpyinfo program, which re- 
ports information about the configura- 
tion of the X server, told me that both dis- 
plays measured 1280 by 1024 pixels, 
with a depth of 8 bits (256 colors). Sony's 
port of X Window is apparently the more 
complete, as it supports all the available 
X color models. 

Managing colors in a portable way is 
probably the most difficult aspect of 
writing X applications. It's also the thing 
most programmers mess up. An X server 
that supports multiple color models helps 
smooth over these differences. 

MIPS's X server, while fully func- 
tional, is less robust; it supports only one 
color model (PseudoColor) and lacks the 
Shape and Bezier extensions included in 
Sony's server. 

In simple tests, X performance was al- 
most identical, with the Magnum 3000 
showing a negligible edge. Both ma- 
chines do common text and window op- 
erations in a snap. 

The NeWS 3710's differentiating fea- 

ture is an unusual one: sound. The ma- 
chine includes the circuitry and software 
for digitizing high-resolution stereo 
audio and playing it back directly from 
disk. A small transistor-radio-size box 
handles sound I/O; it holds a monophonic 
microphone and a tinny speaker. If you 
are going to experiment with the NeWS 
3710's sound, don't waste time with the 
built-in mike and speaker. I hooked up a 
compact disc player and a pair of ampli- 
fied speakers. The quality and clarity of 
the sound are excellent even at lower 
resolutions. At the top 37.5-kHz resolu- 
tion, the NeWS 3710 had no trouble play- 
ing back crystal-clear stereo audio cap- 
tured from a CD. There was no dis- 

174 BYTE* DECEMBER 1990 

For a description of all the benchmarks, see "The BYTE Unix Benchmarks," March BYTE. 


Sony NeWS and MIPS Magnum 

cernible noise or hum from having the 
machine's workstation guts churning so 

Is this fluff? Today, it probably is. 
Someday, however, quality audio will 
likely become standard fare on all sys- 
tems. Macintosh users have long been 
aware of the value of having a variety of 
expressive sounds under program con- 
trol. Sony's X-based sound editor is 
primitive and has a demo feel to it, but 
there's great potential there. 

Complex programs could benefit from 
vocal prompts and varied audio warnings 
whose tones indicate the severity of the 
condition. Aids for the handicapped sug- 
gest themselves, as do educational appli- 
cations. It will take some time before 
audio capabilities like those in the NeWS 
37 10 are exploited to their full potential, 
but getting the hardware in there is a 
good start. 

Pedal-to-the-Metal Performance 

All this fancy hardware and operating- 
system software would be for naught if 
they didn't perform. Both systems do 
well, running more than twice as fast as 
the Everex Step 386/33 baseline system. 

This is worth considering if you're trying 
to choose among platforms. Something 
else worth considering is that not all im- 
plementations of the same hardware yield 
the same results. As the benchmark re- 
sults show, the Magnum 3000 takes an 
early lead in integer performance and 
holds onto it right through the floating- 
point benchmark, outgunning both the 
NeWS 3710 and the MIPS R3000-based 
DECstation 5000/200CX. MIPS writes 
its own compilers, and the performance 
figures prove that the company knows 
RISC. The company uses this knowledge 
to full advantage, and it knows its audi- 
ence, as well. 

Network and X performance are re- 
spectable, and I had no trouble hooking 
either system into BYTE's Unix Lab net- 
work. Either machine would make an ex- 
cellent X Window client server (a ma- 
chine that runs X programs faster than 
you can and displays them at your work- 
station^ terminal). 

As is typical of systems for which SCSI 
is integrated onto the motherboard, disk 
performance is marvelous on both ma- 
chines, with the NeWS 3710 coming out 
slightly ahead. There is enough juice 

there to hang a bevy of external SCSI 
drives off either of these machines and 
leave them on-line as compute and Net- 
work File System file servers. 


I liked both systems, but I'm afraid that 
there isn't much to recommend the 
NeWS 3710 as a general-purpose work- 
station. It doesn't measure up to the 
Magnum 3000 in performance or multi- 
environment compatibility. I've been 
told to expect more "Sonyisms," of 
which the digital audio is the first, and 
Sony may well be able to make a name 
for itself in multimedia and other niches. 
I'm loath to call any system perfect, 
but the Magnum 3000 seems to have all 
the bases covered: price, performance, 
and software. I would have traded the 
squat case for more internal expansion, 
but that's a minor gripe. The MIPS ma- 
chine is an excellent value— evidence 
that sometimes it's worth going straight 
to the source. ■ 

Tom Yager is a technical editor for the 
BYTE Lab. You can reach him on BIX as 
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The Norton Utilities 
for System V 

Getting involved with Unix can be 
like stepping into another dimen- 
sion. So much of what Unix does 
happens quietly and invisibly, and the 
operating system's complexity can make 
it difficult to maintain. Unfortunately, 
with the growth of PC Unix, virtually 
every user must be prepared to perform 
some system administration. 

Interactive Systems, one of the leading 
vendors of 386 Unix, and Segue Soft- 
ware have come to the rescue with a ver- 
sion of the Norton Utilities for 386 Unix 
System V. While the Norton Utilities for 
System V shares some utilities (e.g. , Un- 
Erase, Disk Test, and Disk Explorer) 
with its DOS namesake, it is not a gener- 
ic DOS package simply ported to Unix. 
Rather, it's a new package that Segue 
and Interactive wrote from the ground up 
to be Unix-specific. 

I installed and tested the Norton Util- 
ities for System V on an Advanced Logic 
Research PowerVEISA 486-25 running 
Interactive Unix System V/386 version 
2.2. The first release of the software 
runs only on Interactive and AT&T 386 
Unix. The disks are installed using 
AT&T's procedures, not Interactive's. 
That's a pity— Interactive's install pro- 
grams are faster and more informative. 

After the installation, a script sets up 
your system to run Norton. The bulk of 
the script is the rebuilding of the kernel to 

The Norton Utilities 
for System V 


Interactive Systems Corp. 
2401 Colorado Ave. 
Santa Monica, CA 90404 

Hardware Needed 

386 or 486 PC, PS/2, or compatible 
and at least 2.5 MB of free hard 
disk space 

Software Needed 

Interactive or AT&T Unix System V/386 
release 3.2 



Current File Selection 

Current Directory: /usr/peter 
File Specifier: « 

The Norton 
Utilities for 
System Vs. 
UnErase utility 
provides a list of 
erased files for 



<No Filenane) 

<I 2866) 


<Ho Filenane) 




Size Erase Tine Status 

4,386 liar 15 11:44 Erased 

4,896 Mar 15 11:36 Erased 

4,896 Har 15 11:36 Erased 

4,873 Mar 15 11:36 Truncate 

8 tlar 15 11:36 Erased 

8 liar 15 11:36 Erased 

6,935 Rar 15 11:36 Erased 

7,535 Har 15 11:36 Erased 

11 Har 15 11:26 Erased 

Inquiry 1055. 

include support for the UnErase utility. 
Once installation is complete, you must 
reboot your machine to activate Un- 

The documentation is stylish and ap- 
propriate. It assumes no prior knowledge 
of Unix and even provides a brief tutorial 
on common operations. A new Unix user 
should have no trouble installing and 
running the Norton Utilities. 

Jumping Through Hoops 

As DOS users of the Norton Utilities will 
attest, the package includes an odd as- 
sortment of utilities, ranging from the 
playfully benign to the genuinely dan- 
gerous. Where appropriate, each utility 
interacts with the user through a full- 
screen color interface. Even though it is 
text-based, the interface is attractive, 
sporting pull-down menus, windows, 
and drop shadows. Wherever it is better 
to use the sparser Unix command-line in- 
terface, Norton uses it. 

UnErase, the single most important 
feature of the Norton Utilities for System 
V, lets you recover deleted files or direc- 
tories. As with the DOS version, recov- 
ery is easier if you attempt it immediately 
after deletion. But because Norton builds 
UnErase into the Unix kernel, the Unix 
UnErase is a bit more flexible than the 
DOS version. 

You can optimize UnErase for either 
maximum protection or most efficient 
use of disk space. The utility retains disk 
blocks normally freed by file deletion 
and returns them to the system according 
to user-defined age and disk free-space 
limits. This utility works entirely as ad- 
vertised; I can't think of anything that I 
would have added. 

Two other utilities, Disk Test and Disk 
Explorer, combine to give administrators 

easier access to verification and repair of 
both floppy and hard disk drives. Disk 
Test verifies the integrity of a disk and 
lets you remap bad sectors when possi- 
ble. The Disk Test and Editor programs 
both understand the structure of the Unix 
file system. The Editor, for example, has 
the power to browse, randomly or se- 
quentially, through i-nodes and free-list 
entries. It also has the power to modify 
those entries, and that's where the trou- 
ble comes in. 

The drawback to the Norton Utilities 
for System V is that it puts in the hands of 
all users a set of utilities that paint friend- 
ly, almost harmless faces on potentially 
destructive operations. A single slip with 
the Editor, for example, could render an 
entire system helpless. Since Unix sys- 
tems are often used by several people 
(many of whom likely possess the all- 
powerful root password), it might be ap- 
propriate to offer a "safe" (and, possi- 
bly, less expensive) version. 

All Things Considered 

There's much more to the Norton Util- 
ities than I can comment on here. Worth 
brief note, however, is a set of commands 
that enhance Unix shell scripts with 
sound (even music), color, and boxes 
done in line-drawing characters. 

Norton for Unix is well worth having 
around. System administrators should 
routinely install UnErase on every 386 
Unix system in the house. The package is 
well done and deserves widespread use. 
In the sparse domain of shrink-wrapped 
Unix software, the Norton Utilities for 
System V is bound to be a star. ■ 

Tom Yager is a technical editor for the 
BYTE Lab. You can reach him on BIX as 
"t yager. " 

178 BYTE- DECEMBER 1990 

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optimizer for the 
Norton Utilities 
for the Macintosh 
uses colors to 
represent different 
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location on the 
target disk drive. 
The magnifying 
glass lets you 
pinpoint a file by 

The Norton Utilities for the Mac 

Peter Norton Computing may be 
well known for its PC disk utilities, 
but I felt some apprehension when I 
learned that the company had written a 
version for the Mac. Mac applications 
written by PC software companies typi- 
cally have serious interface flaws. After 
looking at the Norton Utilities for the 
Macintosh, however, I have to say that 
my fears were unfounded. 

The $129 package includes a manual 
and several disks that contain a disk re- 
pair/recovery application and several 
helpful utilities. The disk repair applica- 
tion resides on a red, self -booting "crash 
disk" that lets you boot your Mac and 
start recovery procedures when your 
Mac's hard disk drive conks out. This 
application contains a disk editor, with 
modules that diagnose and repair prob- 
lems with the disk's directories or re- 
cover an accidentally formatted disk. 


The disk editor lets you examine disk 
data block by block. You can inspect and 
change data in a file's data or resource 
forks, or you can examine and modify 
the disk's boot blocks (information that 
the Mac needs to boot) to, say, increase 
the number of files the Mac can have 
open at any time. You cannot, however, 
edit the boot blocks from within the win- 
dow that describes the boot block's con- 
tents, as you can with Symantec's SUM 
II Tools application. Instead, you make 
changes from a window that displays data 
in hexadecimal, and that makes changes 

The repair utility checks and detects 

problems with the disk's media and vol- 
ume directory structure. It also checks 
for problems with files and makes re- 
pairs. For example, it can fix a file's 
bundle bits, which tells the Finder if the 
file has an icon that it must copy to the 
Desktop file. A bad bit usually gives you 
the generic document icon. 

On the other two disks are useful util- 
ities: a disk optimizer or def ragger appli- 
cation, a file undelete cdev, a desktop 
layout application (used to change how 
the Finder displays and organizes file 
icons), a disk activity INIT, and help 
files. The disk optimizer is one of the 
best I've seen. It first presents a map of 
the hard disk's allocated and free blocks. 
On a color Mac, it uses different colors to 
flag file types such as directories, system 
files, applications, and data. Optimiza- 
tion is rapid, and the program performs 
integrity checks before optimization be- 
gins. You can cancel the operation at any 
time. The optimizer reorganizes the 
least-altered files (e.g., system files and 
applications) on one part of the disk, and 
it places files that change often (docu- 
ments and the Desktop file) adjacent to 
the disk's free space. This improves per- 
formance and slows fragmentation. I op- 
timized the hard disk drives on a Mac 
SE, SE/30, II, IIx, Ilci, and Ilf x without 

The FileSaver cdev functions in a way 
that's similar to SUM IPs Shield cdev 
and 1st Aid Software's Complete Unde- 
lete: It creates and updates a hidden file 
that contains a snapshot of the volume di- 
rectory and keeps a record of the most re- 
cently deleted files. FileSaver, like Com- 

plete Undelete, shows which of the de- 
leted file's blocks have been reallocated 
to give you an idea of the file's recover- 
ability. You can also search for deleted 
files by type from a scrolling list of docu- 
ment types, such as Mac Write and Word. 
If your file is not on this list, however 
(say you're looking for a Photoshop file), 
there's no way to specify a different file 
creator or type. 

Best Choice for Beginners 

The Norton Utilities for the Mac clears 
the design hurdle of providing an easy-to- 
use interface while letting you probe vol- 
ume directories, boot blocks, and data 
and resource forks on a Mac disk drive. 
The program has some minor rough 
edges, such as the FileSaver problem I 
mentioned, but overall, it's a good first 
showing in the Mac market. 

Symantec, which offers the competing 
SUM II product, now owns Peter Norton 
Computing. Symantec says it will con- 
tinue to sell both the Norton Utilities for 
the Mac and SUM II. 

If you are familiar with the Mac's 
workings, SUM II Tools or Central Point 
Software's Mac Tools lets you get to your 
system's innards in more detail than does 
the Norton Utilities. But the Norton Util- 
ities gives you easy-to-use tools and a 
bootable crash disk, while with SUM II 
you have to make this disk yourself— 
something you don't want to do in a panic 
situation. Mac novices should pick the 
Norton Utilities as their first line of de- 
fense against disk disaster. ■ 

The Norton Utilities 
for the Macintosh 


Symantec Corp. 
10201 Torre Ave. 
Cupertino, CA 95014 
(408) 253-9600 

Hardware Needed 

Mac Plus or higher 

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Inquiry 1056. 

Tom Thompson is a BYTE senior editor at 
large with a B.S.E.E. degree from Mem- 
phis State University. You can reach him 
on BIX as "tom^thompson. " 

DECEMBER 1990 'BYTE 179 




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CAD and NetWare 386 Join Forces 

It used to be that people complained 
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Now the data they can't get at lives on 
a PC. Networks abound, and the pendu- 
lum is swinging in the direction of cen- 
tral storage again. But few PC programs 
share data effectively on LANs. True, 
most databases can support concurrent 
users. But other categories of software— 
CAD, for example, as well as spread- 
sheets and word processors— typically 
cannot. All too often the network ends up 
as a speedy file transfer link, not as a 
foundation for collaborative work. CAD- 
vance 4.0 from IsiCAD aims to change 

The latest release of this popular ar- 
chitecture, engineering, and construc- 
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promise of multiuser CAD. On a Net- 
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running on the server handle some of the 
database and rendering chores. 

To install the program, you'll need 

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of conventional RAM available after 

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Client: MS-DOS 3.1 or higher; 

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some of the latest weapons in the arsenal 
of DOS computing. CADvance now re- 
quires over 500K bytes of conventional 
memory after you've loaded your net- 
work driver and shell. This means that, 
under NetWare, it requires one of the 
new high-loading (EMS or XMS) Net- 
Ware shells. Unfortunately, it also re- 
quires at least one 64K-byte bank of ex- 
panded memory. So, on a 386 machine 
with extended memory, you can't get 
away with just the XMS shell. You will 
also require QEMM, EMM386, or an 
equivalent "limulator" to turn some of 
the extended memory into expanded 

CADvance also requires a security de- 
vice—a parallel-port "dongle." Thank- 
fully, you only need one. The dongled 
workstation acts as a license server. In 
addition to CADvance, it runs a TSR pro- 
gram that monitors the number of active 
CADvance users. You can install this 
program on more machines than you 
have licensed it for, because the license 
applies to concurrent users, not to ma- 

The Sociology of CAD 

IsiCAD has always used CADvance to 
target the AEC realm, where CAD draw- 
ings coordinate the efforts of a variety of 
trades. For example, an architect's floor 
plan typically governs the design and 
specification of electrical, communica- 
tions, plumbing, heating, and ventilation 
systems. With single-user CAD soft- 
ware, even on a network, the designers of 
these various systems can't refer to a live 
copy of the floor plan. 

Under DOS, single-user (or non-net- 
work-aware) software can only offer the 
limited protection that is afforded by the 
file system's read-only attribute. If you 
don't turn the attribute on, anyone can 
overwrite the floor plan. If you do set the 
read-only bit (by means of the ATTRIB 
command), no one can write to the file- 
not even its author, the architect. Even 
worse, there's no advance warning of an 
unauthorized attempt to write to a pro- 
tected document. There is nothing to 
prevent you from reading the document 
and modifying it in memory; only when 
you try to store the file does DOS com- 

What's the answer? Everyone should 
be able to view the floor plan, even as the 
architect modifies it (see the figure). 
The networking extensions introduced 

with DOS 3.0— and implemented in all 
DOS and non-DOS PC network operat- 
ing systems— lay the foundation for this 
sort of sharing. The architect's program 
opens the floor-plan document in deny- 
write mode, thereby asserting an exclu- 
sive right to modify the document. An- 
other program can then open the doc- 
ument in deny-none (or shared) mode 
and view it. Should the second program 
also try to open the document in deny- 
write mode— that is, for write access— it 
will fail. In that case, the program can 
deliver a timely warning, and the user 
won't waste any time trying to edit the 

In CADvance 4.0, the architect opens 
the floor plan by means of the File/ 
Load command, which (if successful) 
confers the exclusive write privilege. 
Other draf tsfolk on the network can then 
open the same document by means of the 
File/ Re f command, which opens it for 
read access as a reference file. Reference 
files work like underlays. If you're de- 
signing the plumbing, for example, you 
can use a live copy of the floor plan as a 
guide. You can see, and even snap to, the 
outlines of the offices, but you can't 
select or modify them. There can be rec- 
iprocity as well. For example, it might be 
useful to cross-reference the electrical 
and plumbing diagrams while each of 
them also refers to the floor plan. That 
way, subsystem designers can monitor 
how the evolution of other subsystems af- 
fects their own. 

Network Consciousness-Raising 

Unlike CADvance 4.0, which is actively 
network-aware, most PC CAD programs 
are passively network-tolerant. Still , file 
sharing isn't that tough to implement, 
and I expect that the competition will 
soon follow suit. But there is more to the 

Although the reference-file scheme re- 
lies only on properties of the networked 
file system (and therefore will work on 
any PC LAN), CADvance 4.0 puts the 
NetWare application programming inter- 
face to good use. Generally, with any 
NetBIOS LAN or NetWare, a program 
that fails to open a file in deny-write 
mode can report only that it failed, not 
why. In other words, it can report "file in 
use," but not "Joe's using the file." Of 
course, the latter message is the one that 
you really want, and when you are run- 
ning CADvance under NetWare that's 

182 BYTE- DECEMBER 1990 

the one you get. Once you know that 
Joe's holding up the show, you don't have 
to start yelling or charge over to his cubi- 
cle. With the built-in message utility , you 
can contact Joe directly or broadcast a 
message to all CADvance users on the 

Anyone who's tried to print graphics 
on a networked printer or plotter knows 
the attendant frustrations. Although you 
can redirect LPT or COM ports across 
the network, the results aren't always 
what you'd expect. With CADvance 4.0, 
you can send plot jobs straight into Net- 

Ware queues, bypassing the troublesome 
middleman. You can attach a descriptive 
name to the plot job and queue each job 
on automatic hold. That way, a queue op- 
erator can identify each job's priority 
and paper requirements and manage the 
queue accordingly. 






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(a) CADvance 4. lets architects create and revise floor plans 
while (b) computer-systems designers note the location of PCs 
in an overlay above the "live" floor plan in read-only mode; 

(c) communications engineers add a second overlay of network 
cabling drawings on the live floor plan, and (d) a Facilities 
Manager links objects in the plan to an external database. 

DECEMBER 1990 -BYTE 183 

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The Visual Database 

Networking aside, what sets CADvance 
apart from most PC CAD programs is its 
ability to link objects in a CAD drawing 
with an external .DBF (dBASE-style) 
database. According to IsiCAD, a num- 
ber of CADvance users describe them- 
selves as facilities managers— that is, 
people who must track equipment inven- 
tories by location. For these users, CAD 
drawings are both pictures and data- 
bases. Of course, you can't use standard 
database tools to query the specialized 
graphical databases that underlie CAD 
programs. But with CADvance, you can 
link a graphical database to a convention- 
al one. 

Since I'm responsible for managing 
part of BYTE's editorial LAN, I tested 
CADvance' s database connection by re- 
lating a database of workstations, ca- 
bling, and network hardware to an office 
floor plan. With dBASE IV (CADvance 
requires .NDX index files, so I couldn't 
use my favorite dBASE work-alike, Fox- 
Pro), I defined four databases indexed on 
a common field— the name, or number, 
of a CAD object. The first, the Relation 
database, links objects in CAD drawings 
to .DBF files. The remaining three In- 
stance databases store information about 
offices, workstations, and network hard- 

Next I began hooking database records 
to objects in my floor-plan drawing. You 
can also use the database to search for, 
and graphically select, objects in a draw- 
ing. Under NetWare 286, that's easier 
said than done. You have to supply the 
typically machine-generated object 
number as a search key. Under NetWare 
386, however, CADvance provides a 
server-based NLM that can perform 
Structured Query Language (SQL) quer- 
ies against the .DBF database. So, for ex- 
ample, I was able to select all the sym- 
bols representing Macintoshes with this 

select from workstn where workstn 
.vendor = "apple" 

What about concurrent access to the da- 
tabase? No sweat. The CADvance record 
editor, like the dBASE browser, will 
either lock the active record or tell you 
that it can't. 

While I applaud IsiCAD's database 
support, I have to admit I found these 
tools a tad unwieldy. That's partly be- 
cause it's awkward to switch between 
CADvance and dBASE. You can shell to 
DOS, and CADvance 4.0 relinquishes all 
but a lOK-byte stub of itself when you do, 
but effective use of dBASE with CAD- 

vance really demands 386 DOS multi- 
tasking a la Desqview or Windows. Even 
then, keeping the drawings and data- 
bases in sync takes perseverance. And 
the SQL dialect is fairly weak: no LIKE 
clauses, no joins, and no subselects that 
return more than one value. 

On the other hand, although the CAD/ 
database interaction may not be pretty, it 
does work. If you need to mix the two 
disciplines, CADvance may be the only 
game in town. And the SQL NLM repre- 
sents a genuine innovation for PC CAD. 
It's exciting to see client/server technol- 
ogy begin to stretch the horizons of DOS 

Other Dimensions 

The core CAD program in CADvance re- 
mains essentially what it was in previous 
versions: a solid two-dimensional draft- 
ing tool with limited, though useful, 3-D 
extensions. You won't be designing next 
year's Ferrari coupe with CADvance— 
complex surfaces aren't its forte. But it 
has all the tools you need to design and 
document a commercial office building, 
and they're geared for efficient produc- 
tion drafting. Almost all the commands 
"nest," so you can always interrupt what 
you're doing to zoom, pan, place a sym- 
bol, or run a macro program. Mouse but- 
tons do the right thing in most situations. 
And things get done quickly. 

To boost a 2-D drawing into the third 
dimension, you assign elevations and 
heights and then extrude it. The 3-D 
module sports interlocking x,y, x,z, and 
y,z grids. You can lock the cursor to any 
of these and slide the grids relative to one 
another. To reorient the model, you can 
choose from a set of standard views, ro- 
tate the model relative to any axis, or— 
what's most intuitive— set the location 
and height of a "camera" and a "target." 
You can easily look around and through a 
3-D model, capturing views for a presen- 
tation. Under NetWare 386, you can even 
queue up a series of snapshots on which 
the server will perform hidden-line re- 

A number of PC CAD programs out- 
strip CADvance' s 3-D modeling prow- 
ess. But in the final analysis, the spin- 
ning teapots that shimmer on screens at 
computer graphics trade shows don't 
matter much to people who design office 
buildings for a living. CADvance has al- 
ways been a practical tool for the AEC 
professional, and now version 4.0 makes 
workgroup CAD equally practical. ■ 

Jon Udell is a BYTE senior editor at 
large. You can contact him on BIX as 
"judell. " 

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NCR's S486/MC33 Has Unique 
Approach to Reliability 

The new 33-MHz i486-based sys- 
tems are increasingly taking over 
tasks that were previously dedi- 
cated to minicomputers and RISC-based 
workstations. The latest entry from 
NCR's Workstation Products Division, 
the S486/MC33, is no exception. This 
system has been designed from the 
ground up for high performance, maxi- 
mum expandability, and unmatched reli- 
ability. It is also one of a handful of 33- 
MHz i486-based systems with the Micro 
Channel bus architecture. 

All this performance, expandability, 
and reliability come at a price. The base 
price for the S486/MC33 is $13,995, 
which includes only the base unit and a 
single 3!/2-inch 1 .44-megabyte floppy 
disk drive. The BYTE evaluation unit 
included 16 MB of error-correcting 
DRAM ($8400), an NCR SCSI host 
adapter board ($500), a 670-MB Maxtor 
SCSI hard disk drive ($6500), a 16-inch 
Super VGA monitor ($1995), a keyboard 
($100), and MS-DOS 4.01 ($150), for a 
total system cost of $3 1 ,640. 

While this price will keep away most 
home computer users, it is in the price 
range traditionally accepted for mini- 
computers and high-performance work- 
stations, where increased productivity 
can quickly pay back such investments. 
The system also incorporates reliability 
features not found on any other 486 sys- 
tem, and it is backed by the quality and 
service that NCR has become known 
for— second not even to Big Blue. 

The size of the S486/MC33's tower 
case is substantial: At 29 by 29 Vi bylVi 
inches and a weight of 83 pounds with a 
hard disk drive, it seems to be trying hard 
to match the system's hefty price tag (see 
the photo). Nevertheless, the well-de- 
signed chassis is tailored for easy access 
and uncompromised expandability. It in- 
cludes nine drive bays, four memory- 
board slots, one slot for the SCSI control- 
ler, one 1 6-bit Micro Channel expansion 
slot with video extension, and six 32-bit 
Micro Channel expansion slots. 

Once unlocked, the system cover 
glides easily along guide rails to provide 
ready access to the system internals. You 
can remove it completely for accessing 
the drive bays. Rollers at the front and 
rear bottom of the cabinet let you easily 
tip and roll the system. 

As the size of its case suggests, the NCR S486/MC33 has plenty of room for 
expansion: It is also one of the fastest 33-MHz 486 systems BYTE has tested. 

Bulletproof Design 

The main processor board is impressive. 
Built almost entirely with surface-mount 
technology for reduced size and greater 
reliability, the large board includes an 
i486 processor, a Weitek WTL4167 
math coprocessor socket, a 600- by 800- 
pixel Super VGA video controller with 1 
MB of RAM, a floppy disk drive control- 
ler, two serial ports, one parallel port, a 
PS/2-style mouse port, and 12 expansion 
slots. Oddly, the two serial ports are 
brought out to a single 25-pin connector. 
The first port, COM1 , uses the IBM RS- 
232C pin-out. To use both ports, how- 
ever, you must connect the included Y 
cable to the system's serial connector, 
which then provides you with separate 
connectors for COM 1 and COM2. 

Because DRAM chips require period- 
ic refreshing of on-chip capacitors to 
maintain stored bit values, they are prone 
to occasional bit loss from such things as 
alpha particle hits (naturally occurring 
background radiation). As the amount of 

memory in a system increases, so does 
the likelihood of bit losses, with single- 
bit losses being the most common. 

High-end computers such as the S486/ 
MC33 typically incorporate a lot of 
memory— often 16 MB or more— so 
NCR decided to design the memory sub- 
system for greater reliability. Instead of 
the simple parity-detection circuit found 
in most PCs, the NCR memory boards 
incorporate error detection and correc- 
tion circuitry, which is capable of cor- 
recting any single-bit errors that occur on 
the fly and can also detect and notify the 
processor of any double-bit errors. So if 
you're wondering why the 16-MB mem- 
ory board costs more than your entire 
PC, it's because NCR designed it for re- 
liability with a capital R. 

NCR offers 4-MB and 16-MB mem- 
ory boards for the S486/MC33. With 
four available memory slots, the system 
supports 64 MB of memory. The mem- 
ory board slots are uniquely designed, 
with connections to both the processor's 

DECEMBER 1990 • B Y T E 191 




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' For application and low-level benchmarks, results are indexed and show relative performance; for each 
individual index, an 8-MHz IBM AT running MS-DOS 3.30 = 1 . For all benchmarks, higher numbers 
indicate better performance. 

The BYTE low-level benchmark suite identifies performance differences between machines at the hard- 
ware level; the application benchmarks evaluate real-world performance by running a standard test suite 
using commercially available applications. Application indexes include tests using the following pro- 
grams: Wad processing: WordPerfect 5.0; Desktop Publishing; Aldus PageMaker 3.0; Database; Borland 
Paradox 3.0 and AshtonTate dBASE IV; Compilers: Microsoft C 5.1 and Turbo Pascal 5.5; CAD: Auto- 
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PC-Matlab3.5f; and Spreadsheet: Lotus 1-2-3 release 3.0 and Microsoft Excel 2.1. 

The BYTE Lab introduced version 2.0 of the DOS benchmarks in the August issue (see "BYTE's New 
Benchmarks: New Looks, New Numbers"). Benchmark results for machines reviewed under previous 
versions aren't directly comparable. To obtain a copy of the benchmarks, join the listings area of the 
byte.bmarks conference on BIX or contact BYTE directly. 


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2.3.1 = 1 . The cumulative index is formed by summing the indexed performance results for the tests. Comprehensive results are available by contacting BYTE. 


NCR'S S486/MC33 Has Unique Approach to Reliability 

NCR Model S486/MC33 


NCR Corp. 

Workstation Products Division 

1700 South Patterson Blvd. 

Dayton, OH 45479 


Components (as reviewed) 

Processor: 33-MHz Intel i486; socket for 
33-MHz WeitekWTL4 167 
Memory: 1 6 MB of error-correcting 
DRAM, expandable to 64 MB; 
reprogrammable BIOS in Flash EPROM 
Mass storage: 670-MB 1 2-ms Maxtor 
SCSI hard disk drive; Teac 3 1 /2-inch 1 .44- 
MB floppy disk drive 
Display: 1 6-bit Super VGA controller on 
motherboard; 16-inch Super VGA color 

Keyboard: IBM Enhanced 101 -key 
I/O interfaces: Dual serial port; parallel 
port; PS/2 mouse port; video port; 
keyboard connector; SCSI port; one 16- 
bit and six 32-bit Micro Channel expansion 



Inquiry 1107. 

local bus and the Micro Channel bus. 
This dual-ported design permits Micro 
Channel bus masters to access the mem- 
ory, in addition to the i486 itself. The 
memory subsystem is designed for inter- 
leave operation for improved perfor- 
mance, typically averaging less than one 
wait state. There is no secondary cache 
in the system; instead, the system relies 
on the i486's own 8K-byte four-way set- 
associative cache. 

Like its main memory subsystem, the 
S486/MC33's ROM BIOS is unique. As 
with most computers in this performance 
range, the BIOS is placed into shadow 
RAM for faster operation after boot. Un- 
like other systems, however, the S486/ 
MC33 uses a flash EPROM to store its 
BIOS. Unlike conventional EPROMs, 
flash EPROMs can be electrically erased 
and reprogrammed in the system. This 
allows NCR to change or upgrade the 
system BIOS simply by inserting a disk 
with the new BIOS and running a utility 
to program the flash memory. No more 
replacing BIOS EPROMs. 

A vertical backplane runs almost the 
full height of the case along the back of 
the drive bays. A "drive carrier" is 
mounted to each drive, which then slides 
into a drive bay and connects the drive to 
the backplane. The backplane is cabled 

to the SCSI host adapter board and the 
floppy disk drive interface connector on 
the main processor board. The top two 
half-height drive bays are reserved for 
3 1 /2-inch floppy disk drives or a tape 
drive. The remaining four half-height 
bays and three full-height bays are avail- 
able for SCSI devices, including hard 
disk drives, optical disk drives, and tape 
drives. The SCSI host adapter board can 
support up to seven devices simulta- 
neously, and it includes an external con- 
nector for connecting to SCSI devices 
outside the S486/MC33 cabinet, such as 
scanners and laser printers. 

NCR offers several SCSI hard disk 
drives, optical drives, and tape drives for 
its S486/MC33 system, including a 327- 
MB hard disk drive, a 670-MB hard disk 
drive, a 600-MB CD-ROM drive, a 200- 
MB tape drive, and a 320-/525-MB tape 
drive. On the flexible side, only the 3 1 /2- 
inch 1 .44-MB floppy disk drives are of- 
fered. NCR also offers a non-SCSI 80-/ 
120-MB tape drive that installs in the 
lower floppy disk drive bay. 

A World-Class System 

The S486/MC33 is clearly designed for 
the world market. Its 385-watt power 
supply, for example, is an auto-switching 
unit that works properly at a nominal 1 15 
volts or 230 V and at 50 or 60 Hz. NCR 
also offers keyboards for nine different 
languages, and the installation manual is 
presented in five languages. The system 
documentation consists of several man- 
uals, and, as expected from a company 
like NCR, all of them are complete, well 
organized, and heavily illustrated. 

The keyboard, with its PS/2-style con- 
nector, has a very nice feel but no key 
click. The 16-inch monitor included with 
the evaluation unit also provides a good- 
quality display, with sharp images and 
good color renditions. 

The system comes with a set of utility 
and driver disks. These include complete 
system diagnostics, setup utilities, and 
device drivers. There are device drivers 
that support the enhanced video modes, 
as well as SCSI drivers for OS/2 and 
Unix. I ran the system using the MS- 
DOS 4.01 operating system that came 
with the evaluation unit. I saw no evi- 
dence of any compatibility problems 
after running numerous DOS applica- 
tions on the system— it just ran very fast. 

How Fast Is It? 

The S486/MC33 proved to be one of the 
fastest systems ever tested by the BYTE 
Lab. With a CPU index of 8.0, the sys- 
tem is faster than both the AST Premium 
486/33 (at 7.2) and the Club Hawk III 

486/33 (at 7.4). The Everex Step 486/33, 
however, showed a higher performance 
level, probably because of its secondary 
cache, with a CPU index of 9.0. 

NCR is one of the largest manufac- 
turers of SCSI controller chips, so it isn't 
surprising to find that the S486/MC33's 
SCSI disk subsystem outperforms those 
of all the other systems in its class. In 
contrast, the S486/MC33's VGA video 
circuitry, while still fast, lags slightly 
behind all its competition. 

In addition to admirable performance 
in the low-level benchmarks, the S486/ 
MC33 also outperformed the other 33- 
MHz 486 systems in most of the applica- 
tion-level benchmarks. It was slightly 
lower only in the desktop publishing and 
word processing benchmarks. 

The S486/MC33 also performed well 
on the BYTE Unix benchmarks. Its 1 1 .3 
cumulative index was almost twice that 
of the baseline Everex Step 386/33. 

A Step Ahead of IBM 

The S486/MC33's design has been well 
thought out and well implemented. Tra- 
ditional IBM customers will feel right at 
home with the high-quality construction, 
reliable design, complete documenta- 
tion, and Micro Channel architecture. In 
addition to high performance and multi- 
ple-master support, Micro Channel of- 
fers the ability to configure plug-in 
boards via software, without having to 
use jumpers and DIP switches. 

Until recently, IBM offered little to 
compete with the S486/MC33. IBM's 
PS/2 Model 70 486-B21 is merely the 
company's Model 80 386 design with an 
i486 processor card replacing the 386 
card. It has no system optimization to 
take advantage of the i486's features. 

Its good points notwithstanding, the 
S486/MC33's price must be reckoned 
with. To justify that price tag, its perfor- 
mance and reliability must result in sav- 
ings for the user. Based on the perfor- 
mance results, this should be the case for 
many users. For example, the S486/ 
MC33 is well positioned as a high-end 
network server, where its high process- 
ing speed and fast disk accesses will keep 
even large networks running with mini- 
mal downtime. The S486/MC33 will 
also shine as an engineering worksta- 
tion, where complex calculations can tax 
the CPU. ■ 

Roger C. Alford is the president of Pro- 
grammable Designs, a Michigan-based 
consulting firm. He is the author of Pro- 
grammable Logic Designer's Guide 
(Howard W. Sams & Co. , 1989). You can 
reach him on BIXc/o "editors. " 

DECEMBER 1990 -BYTE 193 

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DR DOS Offers Hope 
for the RAM-Crammed 

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77,824 bytes in bad sectors 
47,536,176 bytes available on disk 

655,344 bytes total nenory 
640,864 bytes available 

DR DOS Release 5.8 

While you can use various expe- 
dients to break the 640K-byte 
straitjacket that MS-DOS im- 
poses on RAM, the most straightforward 
way is to switch to a new operating sys- 
tem. But then you would have to abandon 
your MS-DOS applications and learn 
new ones— and that's not a very popular 

But there is a middle ground, and Dig- 
ital Research, Inc. (DRI), the firm that 
was behind the CP/M operating system 
in the 1970s, has provided it with DR 
DOS 5.0. This $199 operating system for 
PCs and compatibles is a precise emula- 
tion of MS-DOS— no small feat— with 
embellishments that will interest users 
who need to load an application, a hard- 
ware driver (e.g., a network interface), 
and a TSR program all at once, but need 
more than 640K bytes to do it. 

I tested DR DOS on a 16-MHz Club 
American 386 with Hercules graphics, a 
40-megabyte 28-millisecond hard disk 
drive, and 4 MB of RAM. 

I installed DR DOS with a setup com- 
mand that demands little of the user, and 
it ran immediately. No disk reformatting 
was necessary. DR DOS automatically 
loaded its own version of all the MS-DOS 
command and utility files (using the 
same names that DOS uses), plus a few 
extras. The only incompatibility with my 
existing MS-DOS CONFIG.SYS file 
was that DR DOS wanted all text in the 
file to be in uppercase letters. Aside from 
slight differences in some of the screen 
messages (and the ECHO command's 
producing a carriage return, disrupting 
any carefully positioned AUTOEXEC 
.BAT screen menus you have written), 
you'd need the VER command to reas- 

DRDOScan reclaim upper 
memory and locates the 
DOS kernel in high memory 
to give you more work-space 
memory than you get with 

sure yourself that you're in a new operat- 
ing system. 

But there are differences— potentially 
big ones— in the way the two operating 
systems handle RAM. 

Down Memory Lane 

To illustrate what DR DOS does, I'll de- 
fine some terms and map out the tortured 
world of PC memory. Conventional 
memory is the first 640K bytes (655,360 
bytes) of RAM. You generally can't use 
all of it for applications, since DOS and 
various device drivers must consume 
some of it. (With MS-DOS 3.3, 1 usually 
end up with 542,848 bytes available; this 
is called the transient program area.) 
The amount of available memory is im- 
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talking about expanded memory, which 
swaps pages of RAM in and out of con- 
ventional memory). The first (or lowest) 
64K bytes of extended memory is called 
high memory and should not be confused 
with upper memory. 

DR DOS takes advantage of the fact 
that while upper memory is reserved for 
video RAM and the ROM BIOS, much of 
it remains unused. The amount that is 
unused varies with the configuration of 
the machine and the kind of video you're 
using, but it's probably more than 100K 
bytes between the VRAM and the ROM 
BIOS. Some of the VRAM immediately 
above 640K bytes may also be unused. 
Both blocks could be reclaimed for an 
application, except that MS-DOS can't 
raise its eyes above the 640K-byte mark. 

What DR DOS does is supply a mem- 
ory manager, EMM386. SYS, that opens 
up available RAM in upper memory. It 
also handles expanded and extended 
memory support. After installing the 
memory manager, you can use the DR 
DOS HI LOAD command to load and run 
an application in upper memory. To see 
what RAM you have available in upper 
memory, DR DOS supplies a function 
called MEM, which not only lists the 
names and locations of all applications 
and drivers currently in RAM, but also 
graphically maps the state of your RAM . 

With DR DOS loaded and EMM386 
.SYS installed, I found I had 720,880 
(704K) bytes of conventional memory 
(640K bytes plus 64K bytes that EMM- 
386. SYS can reclaim from VRAM if you 
are using a Hercules, CGA, or MDA dis- 
play), of which 689,040 bytes was un- 
used. Plus, there was another 148,096 
bytes of free upper memory above the 
VRAM. As compared to the 542,848 
bytes that I had previously, DR DOS had 
given me almost 300,000 bytes— mem- 
ory that had been there all along, over- 
looked by MS-DOS. 

Thus, using the HILOAD command 
can be astonishing— like pitching a cin- 
der block into a puddle and seeing it dis- 
appear without a splash. For instance, I 
was able to HILOAD GWBASIC into 
upper memory, where it took up about 
80K bytes, and I still had about 60K 
bytes of upper memory free— about all 
GWBASIC can use for programs and 
data. Thus, I was able to run a full 
GWBASIC installation without affecting 
the amount of conventional memory 
available. (Well, almost— DOS' s envi- 
ronment data for each application is still 
loaded in conventional memory, and in 
this case, it took up about 500 bytes.) I 
could even use the SHELL command to 

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DR DOS Offers Hope for the RAM-Crammed 

leave GWBASIC and load another pro- 
gram, Xerox Ventura, in conventional 
memory, run it, leave it, and then return 
to GWBASIC using the EXIT command 
from DOS. While they were coresident, 
the two programs were not running at the 
same time— this is still DOS, not Unix or 

I could load a TSR program (in this 
case, SideKick), and as far as the conven- 
tional memory count from CHKDSK was 
concerned, it had disappeared with hard- 
ly a trace. It was in there, however, and it 
popped up and ran on demand. 

DR DOS also has a HIDEVICE com- 
mand that you can use within the CON- 
FIG.SYS file to load device drivers into 
upper memory. Obviously, it replaces 
the MS-DOS DEVICE command. 

And DR DOS exploits high memory, 
whose 64K bytes generally goes unused. 
Using the HIDOS.SYS driver, DR DOS 
will load the 37K-byte DOS kernel into 
high memory. The result is less dramatic 
than with EMM386.SYS, but equally 
magical; DOS still runs, but for all in- 
tents and purposes, it takes up no space. 

DR DOS also has its own CACHE 
command, which sets up a disk cache in 

user-defined amounts of extended or ex- 
panded memory. It caches only disk 
reads, so a power glitch won't wipe out 
any data that was waiting to be written to 
the disk from the cache. While CACHE 
doesn't need EMM386.SYS or HIDOS 
.SYS, once it's invoked it's still part of 
the operating system, and applications 
use it automatically. 

No Free Lunch 

There is, of course, no free lunch— even 
if DR DOS does seem to be serving up 
multi-K-byte servings of RAM gravy. 
As you probably guessed from the name, 
the EMM386.SYS memory driver that 
accomplishes most of these wonders re- 
quires a 386 (or i486) processor. HI- 
DOS.SYS will work with a 286 and will 
also function much the same as EMM- 
386. SYS if you're using Leap or Neat 
286 processors from Chips & Technol- 

Also, if you're already using a mem- 
ory manager (such as HIMEM.SYS in 
Microsoft Windows or QEMM.SYS in 
Desqview), you cannot use EMM386 
.SYS, and the advantages of reclaiming 
upper memory are lost. However, you 

can still use HIDOS.SYS to get that extra 
37K bytes by relocating DOS to high 
memory. If you are already using such a 
third-party memory manager, you're 
probably already using large amounts of 
extended memory, and a few score K 
bytes of upper memory may not seem 

You may also be using applications or 
drivers that, for whatever reason, won't 
run in upper memory, or already use 
high memory. DRI doesn't think there 
are many software packages with this 
problem, but DR DOS's devices come 
with options and switches that let you dis- 
able any feature that causes trouble. 

EMM386. SYS can also set up shadow 
ROM, where it remaps the video-control 
portion of the ROM BIOS to a sector of 
extended memory, on the theory that 
RAM is faster than ROM. Therefore, 
this should make your screen display 
faster. Many clones nowadays come with 
shadow ROM already built in; mine did 
not, but invoking the feature produced 
no noticeable speedup in the screen dis- 
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percent improvement. 

My applications ran at about the same 
speed under DR DOS as they did under 
MS-DOS. However, loading EMM386 
.SYS slowed disk-based activities down 
by about 10 percent. If the extra memory 
EMM386. SYS makes available means 
that an application needs to perform dra- 
matically fewer disk accesses, the slow- 
down might be negated, but I encoun- 
tered no such situations. On the other 
hand, using CACHE does speed things 
up noticeably, especially for programs 
that normally swap code to and from 
RAM. After being invoked the first 
time, a function would often run without 
producing any disk activity, since the 
necessary code was in the RAM cache. 
The difference was less evident when 
reading through data files, and it did not 
make up for EMM386.SYS. 

There was no particular difference be- 
tween the print speeds of DR DOS and 
MS-DOS. However, an odd problem— 
and the only real bug I encountered— 
surfaced when I was copying files in 
binary format to the printer port (using 
COPY /B PRN) to load emulation soft- 
ware into a laser printer. The initial ver- 
sion of DR DOS that I had couldn't do 
this at all. A second version— which DRI 
said is the version of DR DOS that is now 
being shipped— did work, but it took 55 
seconds to transmit a file that MS-DOS 
transmitted in just 4 seconds. 

DOS Embellishments 

Beyond memory management features, 
there are a number of small but interest- 
ing differences between MS-DOS and 
DR DOS. The most obvious difference is 
that DR DOS inserts commas into byte 
counts, so you get "655,360" instead of 
"655360." Beyond this boost to legibil- 
ity, usability also gets a boost, thanks to 
a new help-screen option for most DOS 
commands. If, for instance, you can't re- 
member how to do a backup, you can just 
type BACKUP /H and a help screen will 

And you don't have to type anything at 
all to use DR DOS if you don't want to, 
because it comes with a point-and-click 
graphical shell called ViewMax. It is 
strongly reminiscent of the GEM inter- 
face, right down to the pop-up calculator 
and digital clock. And that should be no 
surprise, because GEM is also made by 

DR DOS replaces MS-DOS 's EDIT 
line-at-a-time text editor with a handy 
full-screen editor that uses WordStar 
control keystrokes. Unsurprisingly, it's 
named EDITOR. 

You can assign varying levels of pass- 
word protection to files and subdirector- 
ies. The TREE command can produce a 
graphical diagram of your disk directo- 
ries. FORMAT only works with floppy 
disks. To wipe out a hard disk, you have 
to use the FDISK command. Since the 
program is menu-driven, you'll be less 
likely to absentmindedly vaporize your 
data with it. And if you do use FDISK, 
you'll find that DR DOS supports disk 
partitions of up to 5 12 MB. For examin- 
ing file contents, there's an extended ver- 
sion of DIR called XDIR, which shows 
more information than DIR. 

For laptop users, DR DOS has a utility 
called FileLink for file transfers over 
serial cables. Functionally, it's compara- 
ble to Traveling Software's Desk-Link. 
Also for laptops is a CURSOR function 
for changing the shape and blink rate of 
the cursor to make it easier to find on an 
LCD screen. DRI says that power man- 
agement techniques to extend battery life 
for portable computers are also built into 
DR DOS, but those features must be inte- 
grated by hardware manufacturers. 

The Ultimate Answer? 

If you have a 386 and need extra RAM 
(perhaps because of a need to pile on de- 
vice drivers), DR DOS may be your sal- 
vation. It frees up more than enough 
RAM to hold the average network driver, 
which is usually 64K bytes to 128K 
bytes insize. And it does it without af- 
fecting your applications in any way— 
you don't have to convert to OS/2 or some 
other environment to escape the RAM 

Otherwise, the $199 you'd have to pay 
for DR DOS may or may not be worth it. 
Many considerations are involved. File- 
Link may make it a good value if you're a 
laptop user. The password function and 
the 5 1 2-MB disk partition may be inter- 
esting for certain applications. The help 
screens, screen editor, and ViewMax 
generally make it an easier DOS to use. 
One consideration that you should not 
overlook is that Microsoft can be ex- 
pected to hatch an answer to DR DOS 
with its own further enhancements to 

But in the meantime, DRI has added a 
viable competitor to the DOS world. That 
in itself is a long-overdue development. ■ 

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subject. He currently writes a computer 
column for the San Antonio Business 
Journal. You can contact him on BIX as 
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coming quite common, and running full- 
screen applications like ClockWise 
through them works nicely. Field person- 
nel can dial in and update their sched- 
ules, and branch offices can exchange se- 
lected databases with the main office via 

Individual Scheduling 

Even as a single-user application, Clock- 
Wise has a good deal to recommend it. It 
opens with a large, readable view of the 
month's calendar. Dates for which an ac- 
tivity has been scheduled are high- 
lighted. There is an array of function 
keys across the bottom of the screen. You 
can access most of the important features 
of the program from here, but the oft- 
used slash key will bring up a Lotus-style 

The ClockWise database is really a 
collection of files, each with a specific 
purpose. Each user has his or her own 
protected group of files, which hold in- 
formation on schedules, notes, names 
and phone numbers, access permissions, 
and groups of users. 

ClockWise distinguishes between two 
types of schedule items: events and tasks. 
An event is something that is tied to a 
particular date or range of dates. It 
stands alone and is forgotten once the 
date passes. A task is a part of a to-do 
list, a milestone in a project time line that 
must be done. The user is reminded about 
tasks at appropriate times and can see at a 
glance when something has slipped be- 
hind schedule. 

ClockWise is not a massive project 
management system, and it lacks many 
of the features of commercial project 
management programs. Its strength is in 
its ability to make individual scheduling 
easy enough that people will actually do 
it, and to make the information accessi- 
ble to those who make financial or plan- 
ning decisions based on progress. 

The database can also hold informa- 
tion about resources, those pesky things 
that nobody can get to when they are 
needed. Conference rooms, overhead 
projectors, VCRs, and other presenta- 
tion-related items are all good candidates 
for ClockWise scheduling. 

It's Better in a Group 

When you've defined a group in Clock- 
Wise, you can schedule events and tasks 
for that group simply by specifying the 
name of the group. New items will be 

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distributed to the individual databases of 
the group members. So, for instance, if 
you schedule a meeting at 3:00 and at- 
tach a reminder to the database entry, all 
the members of your group will get a 
mail message informing them of the 
meeting. Users will see the entry in their 
schedules, with the scheduling authority 

If you attempt to schedule an event for 
someone who already has another com- 
mitment, ClockWise will inform you of 
the conflict. You can bring up a summa- 
ry graph that displays a schedule time 
line for each group member for the date 
you're dealing with. Of course, you can 
override conflict warnings and schedule 
those individuals anyway. If they decide 
not to attend, all they have to do is delete 
the item from their schedule. You (or 
whoever called the meeting) will be noti- 
fied of the deletion by E-mail, and a box 
will pop up on your screen the next time 
you view the event. 

ClockWise has a mild integration with 
the mail system. You can attach remind- 
ers to any event, and they will use the 
Unix at command to spool a mail mes- 
sage for delivery at a certain date and 
time. This makes it possible for you to be 
reminded of an event even if you're not 
running ClockWise. If you're running a 
windowing environment, you might have 
the luxury of running ClockWise con- 
stantly in the background. In that case, 
reminders can pop up on the bottom line 
of the ClockWise display window. Either 
way works about as well, since Clock- 
Wise also notifies you when new mail 
has come in. 

Interfacing 'Round the Clock 

The ClockWise user interface is, without 
a doubt, this program's best feature. 
Even though I take points away from 
companies whose programs blandly fol- 
low the slash menu scheme (a slash is not 
an intuitive way to pop up a menu), the 
rest of ClockWise 's interface makes per- 
fect sense. 

Entering dates, for example, is more 
easily done here than in most applica- 
tions I've seen. Enter a date in just about 
any format you can think of, and Clock- 
Wise will take it in. In a few places, 
ClockWise will try to guess the proper 
date for a field. If the guess is close but 
not quite there, you can use simple ex- 
pressions, such as " + 10," which adds 
10 days to the date. There aren't as many 
ways to format time expressions, but 
ClockWise is forgiving. 

In virtually any place where a field re- 
quires an entry that conforms to a list 
(e.g., user or group names), you can 

press a function key to pop up a window 
with the list. The name database (which 
holds names, telephone numbers, and re- 
lated information) is always a function- 
key press away, making it easier to fill in 
fields that require contact names or 
phone numbers. 

You can attach a variable-length note 
(e.g., a database memo field) to most 
ClockWise entries. Pressing a function 
key will expand the memo into a pop-up 

Scheduling Some Fun 

ClockWise 's designers must have known 
how dry and boring most scheduling ap- 
plications are to use, because they built 
in some simple features that help prevent 
you from taking it all too seriously. 

As mentioned earlier, ClockWise has 
a screen that displays the current phase of 
the moon, sketched out in text charac- 
ters. The moon screen also shows the 
tides and has a space reserved for a witti- 
cism. You can select a daily quote, a for- 
tune (usually just an unattributed witty 
saying), or a trivia question. ClockWise 
comes loaded with a database that will 
supply a different saying or question for 
each day. The trivia question answers ap- 
pear only on the next day, and you can't 

What place is there for features like 
this in serious business software? I won't 
debate the topic, except to say that it's 
about time someone worked a little fun 
into what is otherwise a rather tedious af- 
fair. As nice as ClockWise is to work 
with, entering every worthwhile happen- 
ing into it would get to be a bit of a drag 
after a while. 

All this furious data entry would be 
for naught if you couldn't print it out, and 
can you ever. Phase II Software took the 
time to make custom layouts for daily, 
weekly, monthly, project, and other 
print formats. If you have a PostScript 
printer, ClockWise's output is very 
functional, and it looks good enough to 
hang on a wall . If you only have access to 
a text printer, you can still get a usable 
printout, but the PostScript output is sim- 
ply eye-popping. 

ClockWise is now right up there on my 
list of useful Unix tools. If you're not an 
organized person, it can help, but you 
still need to get into the habit of writing 
everything down. ClockWise isn't the 
full realization of the potential of work- 
group computing, but it still won me 
over. ■ 

Tom Yager is a technical editor and Unix 
expert for the BYTE Lab. You can contact 
him on BIX as "tyager. " 

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Battle for the Best Unix V/386 

For many users, an operating system 
is an invisible layer. But some of us 
prefer to keep in step with the latest 
developments. The BYTE Unix Lab has 
been working with new releases from In- 
teractive Systems Corp. (ISC) and The 
Santa Cruz Operation (SCO), and we've 
found both companies have made some 
small but important changes for the bet- 
ter in their products. 

Interactive Unix 2.2 

In almost every noticeable way, the up- 
grade from ISC is actually a new prod- 
uct. With release 2.2, even the name 
changes: 386/ix has become Interactive 

The 386/ix 2.0.2 operating system had 
a flurry of demerits: an inept installation 
procedure; incomplete, poor-quality 
manuals; and a lack of on-line manual 
pages. With Interactive Unix 2.2, all 
these concerns have been addressed, but 
ISC didn't stop there. 

With regard to the installation proce- 
dure, Interactive Unix has one of the best 
that we've seen. The entire installation 
process is managed by a full-screen color 
program that walks new users through 
every step with concise help text. Con- 
text-sensitive help is only an Fl-key 
press away. 

Our only complaint is that this inter- 
face was not carried through to other 
parts of the operating system. It would 
have made a wonderfully friendly front 
end for sysadm, for example. 

ISC's addition of both paper and elec- 

tronic documentation eliminates one of 
SCO's longtime advantages in this area. 
ISC always had a quality operating sys- 
tem, but the lack of decent documenta- 
tion cast a black shadow over it. Prior 
to release 2.2, the documentation was 
sparse and perfect-bound (the kind of 
book that never stays open). Now, the 
manual set is complete, and it comes in 
stiff cardboard binders with clearly 
marked index tabs. On-line manual 
(man) pages for commands and library 
functions are standard now. Unfortu- 
nately, pages are not added when you in- 
stall the X Window System and OSF/ 
Motif. That's an oversight that needs 

In addition to answering age-old com- 
plaints with release 2.2, ISC has rolled in 
some new ingredients of its own. Interac- 
tive Unix now complies with the POSIX 
1003.1 operating-system specification; 
developers select System V or POSIX 
program behavior at compile time. PO- 
SIX compliance also brings an important 
feature, job control, to Interactive Unix. 
With this, it is possible to suspend a pro- 
cess and resume it later. 

ISC provides a new C shell that acti- 
vates and manages this job control. Here 
is how it works: While a program is run- 
ning, you can press a special "switch" 
character to suspend the program and 
place it in the background. A shell 
prompt then appears. The C-shell com- 
mand bg sets a job running again in the 
background (control returns to the shell), 
and f g makes the suspended session the 

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active one. For example, you can sus- 
pend a vi editor session to do a compile 
and easily resume the vi editor session 

Also taken from POSIX are the porta- 
ble archiver, pax, and the ability to as- 
sign membership in multiple groups to a 
single user. The pax archiver is compat- 
ible with both tar and cpio, but it also 
has an enhanced data- storage format and 
an interface of its own. Multiple groups 
allow system administrators to fine-tune 
file access. 

Also included in Interactive Unix 2.2 
are a number of useful features, such as 
additional and enhanced device drivers 
(with floppy disk and SCSI tape foremost 
among them); new versions of sendmail 
and smail; multiple EGA and VGA 
fonts; a setcolor command for modify- 
ing the console character colors; and ex- 
tended (secondary) DOS partition sup- 

ISC has also upgraded its TCP/IP, 
VP/ix, Software Development System, 
and X products significantly. The com- 
pany claims to have sold more 386 3.2 
Unix packages than any other vendor, 
and with Interactive Unix 2.2 and these 
other upgrades, that trend should con- 

SCO Unix 3.2 Version 2.0 

Version 2.0 of SCO's Unix 3.2 contains 
much more than just a few patches and 
fixes. It is SCO's statement about the 
new AT&T Unix System V release 4, a 
release that is slowly starting to come out 
of the porting labs and into the real 
world. We would verbalize SCO's state- 
ment as "take the most sought-after (and 
easiest to implement) features of V .4 and 
implement them under V. 3 .2 . " The most 
obvious of these features is the Korn shell 
with full job control, and SCO's new re- 
lease has it. 

The Korn shell has all the features of 
the Berkeley C shell, including com- 
mand-line history, aliases, and internal 
handling of test and arithmetic opera- 
tions from scripts. What the Korn shell 
has that the C shell lacks is an internal 
editor (emulating either vi or emacs) for 
editing commands in the history list be- 
fore reissuing them. (This is even better 
than the command history in VMS, Digi- 
tal Equipment's operating system for 
VAX computers.) 

Having the Korn shell with job control 
makes complex Unix sessions almost as 

206 BYTE- DECEMBER 1990 


Unix has one of the best 
installation procedures 
we've seen. The process 
is managed by a full- 
screen color program 
that walks new users 
through every step. 

easy as running in an X environment, 
though not quite as scenic. Job control is 
not supported for the C shell in SCO 
Unix, even though it is in Unix V.4 and 
ISC Unix 2.2. 

Other significant elements of SCO 
Unix 3.2 version 2.0 include a way to 
make shared library operations of non- 
SCO Unix systems work with SCO Unix, 
as well as support for High-Sierra and 
ISO9660 CD-ROM drives. There are nu- 
merous enhancements to SCO's already 
serious "trusted system" implementa- 
tion. The vi, sh, and mail utilities have 
been "internationalized," and they now 
handle 8-bit characters. (The 2-byte- 
character internationalization of strings 
is still not a standard part of any Unix 
system.) This new version also includes 
more POSIX 1003.1 features, including 

SCO and Microsoft (the trademark 
holder of Xenix) have influenced what is 
included in AT&T's V.4. And, despite 
its effort to be Unix, SCO tends to put 
more energy into adding value to Unix 
than into following the standard path. 
The company has publicly stated that it 
has not made plans to adopt AT&T's V.4, 
but this doesn't mean that SCO isn't go- 
ing to continue to implement what it 
thinks are the operating system's best 
features. ■ 

Ben Smith and Tom Yager are technical 
editors who run the BYTE Unix Lab. You 
can contact them on BIX as "bensmith " 
and "tyager, " respectively. 

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Microsoft Word for 
Unix looks and 
acts just like Word 
for DOS. 

If you are a seasoned Unix user, you 
might wince at the thought of a PC 
program cluttering up your "serious" 
Unix computer. The Unix vi or emacs 
editor (with a little nrof f or trof f for- 
matting code) is all you think you will 
ever need (or want). If this is your atti- 
tude, classify yourself a bigot. Open 
your eyes, and widen your view. Micro- 
soft Word is a word processing (and near- 
ly a desktop publishing) program, not a 

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text editor. There's a world of difference. 
I'm not saying that there aren't some 
tried-and-true Unix word processing 
programs around, but I assure you that 
you wouldn't want to compare them to 
Microsoft Word, arguably the most pop- 
ular multiplatform word processing pro- 
gram. On the other hand, there are some 
real gotchas in having a personal com- 
puter program on Unix— a multiuser, 
multitasking operating system with a rich 
history and set of traditions. 

Full-Featured Word Processing 

Shrink-wrapped Unix applications are a 
goal of The Santa Cruz Operation. It is 
its packaging of Microsoft Word 5.0 that 
makes this a reality. As with any SCO- 
supported package, installation requires 
little more expertise than being able to 
find the floppy disk drive and knowing 
which way to insert the four disks. You 
do need to know what kind of printer you 

Microsoft Word's massive functional- 
ity is delivered in an easy-to-use style. 
Users at all levels will find it appropriate 
for writing the most complex as well as 
the simplest text files, memos, and even 
programs. If you wish, you can save your 
files as plain text files without any em- 
bedded formatting information. You can 
read and write to PC Microsoft Word 
files, allowing seamless interchange of 
files among the Unix, Macintosh, Win- 
dows, and DOS versions. 

Word provides you with on-line help, 

multicolumn page layout, style sheets, 
graphics importing, printer-font load- 
ing, mail merge, redlining, optional 
postponement of editing changes, hidden 
text, and sorting. (Take a breath here. 
. . .) There's also index generation, out- 
line generation and expansion, spread- 
sheet links, an interactive spelling 
checker and thesaurus, a built-in calcu- 
lator that you can apply to columns of 
numbers in your text, a macro-language 
processor that you can prime with cap- 
tured keystrokes, document management 
across multiple directories, and multiple 
windows on the same file or across sepa- 
rate files. 

Simple Escape-key sequences invoke 
most commands, but all are mapped to 
function keys and Alt keys for people 
who like to let their fingers jump all 
around the keyboard. But any Microsoft 
Word user is used to all these features. 

What is different is that this is a Unix 
application. Unix is very different from 
the MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows, and 
Macintosh environments. First, Unix is a 
multiuser operating system, meaning 
that there has to be a way to prevent more 
than one person from editing the same 
file at the same time; Word has file lock- 
ing. Each user must be able to have his or 
her own Word options environment; 
there is an mw. ini configuration file in 
each user's home directory, and a master 
file in Word's library directory. 

Unix application programs can make 
no assumptions about the user's display 
and keyboard. Unlike MS-DOS, the dis- 
play isn't limited to one of a predictable 
set. With Unix, there are as many dif- 
ferent displays as there are different 

SCO has this problem pegged. If you 
are working at the console, the fit is 
flawless. Every function key, cursor mo- 
tion, and Alt-key combination is identi- 
cal to what you find on the PC version of 
Microsoft Word. Where there is a con- 
flict (e.g., SCO Unix uses an Alt/func- 
tion-key combination to switch between 
virtual terminals), standard Word key 
combinations are given precedence, but 
an alternate is given to the conflicting 
combination (in this case Control-Alt- 
function key). 

More amazingly, Word works as well 
on terminals as on the console; even the 
function keys and Alt keys are consis- 
tent. Word's method of selecting text 
(without a mouse) is Shift-arrow key. Al- 
though far from a common combination 
on character terminals, even this is im- 

With SCO's Microsoft Word for Unix 
you also get manuals, installation notes, 

DECEMBER 1990 -BYTE 209 


Microsoft Word for Unix 

and other goodies (e.g., keyboard tem- 
plates) that are as good as what you get 
with the MS-DOS version of Word. You 
also have excellent (though not always 
timely) support from SCO where the 
technicians not only know Word, but are 
also experienced with Unix. 

What You Don't Get 

DOS users may be disappointed to find 
that the Learning Word program is miss- 
ing. Similarly, the preview function, 
which lets you see your page layout be- 
fore printing, isn't there. You also don't 
get mouse support or on-screen fonts. 

On the Unix side, there isn't much in- 
tegration with the Unix shell and utilities 
(a feature of emacs-type editors). Word 
doesn't follow many of the Unix tradi- 
tions, such as naming the initialization 
file something like .mswrc so it doesn't 
clutter up your home directory listing. 
You can get around this by changing an 
environment variable. 

You may also need to edit the termcap 
file (a description of terminals' attri- 
butes) to get Word to use color and differ- 
ent text modes (e.g., italic, bold, and un- 
derline). All these deficiencies are really 
minor whenyou put them up against what 
you do get. What is surprising is that this 
is not implemented as an Open Desktop 
application. Open Desktop is SCO's 
shrink-wrap Unix workstation software. 
It is basically an X Window System/Mo- 
tif environment with bundled applica- 
tions: networking, virtual MS-DOS ma- 
chine, and DBMS. 

What is lacking in Open Desktop is 
the rest of the office-automation soft- 

ware, primarily a word processor. What 
is lacking in Microsoft Word for Unix is 
a way to use the mouse and to display 
fonts, features that Open Desktop offers 
through Motif and X Window. 

Who Is It For? 

Microsoft Word for Unix is for those 386 
Unix users who want an easy-to-learn 
and feature-loaded word processor. 

I should add "easy to use" to the list. 
For instance, to save a file and quit with 
WordPerfect, you need to press F7 (bet- 
ter have your keyboard template or a 
good memory) and then a Y (for yes) to 
save the document. If the document al- 
ready exists, you need to confirm that 
you want to replace the existing file: an- 
other yes. This has only gotten you to the 
point of saving and closing that file. You 
still have to tell WordPerfect to go away: 
another yes. 

But with Microsoft Word, you press 
Escape (for the command menu) and Q 
(for quit). If you have unsaved changes, 
Word will ask ifyouwantto save them (Y 
for yes), but that is the only step that may 
come between you and returning to the 
Unix shell. Much simpler, and there is 
no magic key to remember. 

Now, compare Microsoft Word with 
the Unix vi editor. To cut and paste a 
block of text with vi, you must move to 
the top of the block and place a mark with 
a command like mt. You then move to the 
bottom of the block and yank the block to 
the unnamed buffer; the command is 
y ' t. Now move to the new position and 
"put" the buffer in with the command p . 
This amounts to six key presses for vi 

(not counting moving the cursor to the 
new point and problems with working 
with blocks that are only lines). 

With Microsoft Word, you position 
yourself at the beginning of the block and 
then hold the Shift key while you move to 
the end of the block. Having marked the 
block, you press either Escape and then 
C (for the command menu method for 
Copy— a two-key-press operation) or the 
Alt-F3 combination (P/2 keystrokes). 
Now you move to the new location and 
press the Insert key (one keystroke). 
Microsoft Word wins with 3Vi key- 
strokes; plus, you can see the block as 
you mark it. 

I prefer an emacs-style editor for my 
work at BYTE (I won't go into the riga- 
marole for copying blocks with emacs). 
My book publisher's editors, however, 
do all their editing with (you guessed it) 
Microsoft Word. So, for the sake of con- 
venience, I now use Word when I am 
writing for them. I don't have any com- 
plaints. In fact, I found Word much eas- 
ier to learn and use than WordPerfect 
(Word's biggest competitor). 

If you are already well established 
using Unix editors and formatting pro- 
grams, you probably won't be drawn to 
Word until it has better support for the 
Unix and/or X environment. But if you 
are running Unix on a 386 or 486 com- 
puter and want a real word processor, 
Microsoft Word is an excellent choice. ■ 

Ben Smith is a BYTE technical editor and 
author of Unix Step By Step (Howard 
Sams, 1990). He can be reached on BIX 
as "bensmith. " 




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The Dell Station 425E is a turnkey 
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grating to Unix. Built around the com- 
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applications software that together form 
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Unix users in mind, and the success of 
this design distinguishes the 425E from 
its competition. 

The Dell Station's $9687 base price 
looks steep until you consider what it 
buys. On the hardware end, the worksta- 
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1.2-MB or 3^-inch 1.4-MB floppy disk 
drive, a 15-millisecond, 100-MB Intelli- 
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drive, and a 150-MB quarter-inch car- 
tridge tape drive. The system also in- 
cludes a Dell Super VGA color graphics 
adapter and an 800- by 600-pixel color 
monitor, a serial mouse, and an IBM En- 
hanced 101 -key keyboard. 

For software, the 425E includes a 
Dell-licensed version of Interactive Sys- 
tems' Unix System V 3.2, the X Window 
System, an easy-to-use X. Desktop iconic 
file manager environment, MS-DOS em- 
ulation, and a full suite of Uniplex Ad- 
vanced Office System applications run- 
ning in the X. Desktop environment. 
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ware are optional. 

Dell installs the operating system and 
applications software on the hard disk 
drive, so all you have to do is connect the 
system components and turn on the pow- 
er. An easy-to-follow installation routine 
then takes you through the steps of set- 
ting the date and time, initializing user 
accounts, and making passwords for the 
administrative accounts. 

Inside the Station 

The Dell Station fits in a full-size IBM 
AT-type case. The components are laid 
out with three half-height bays on the 
right side, with two half-height bays be- 
side them. My review system had high- 
density 5*4 -inch and 3 ! /2-inch floppy 
disk drives in the top two right-hand bays 
and the tape drive in the bottom right- 
hand bay. Instead of the standard 100- 
MB IDE hard disk drive, the review sys- 
tem had an optional Micropolis 330-MB 
ESDI hard disk drive. The unit also in- 

The Dell Station 425E turnkey system smooths the road for new Unix users. 
Bundled software includes X. Desktop and the Uniplex II Plus Advanced Office 
System software. 

eluded an extra floppy disk drive, which 
brought the total price to $10,725. 

The computer has six EISA slots and 
two 16-bit ISA slots. The ESDI hard disk 
drive controller card and VGA color 
graphics adapter occupied the two 16-bit 
slots in my test machine, and two of the 
32-bit slots held 16-bit Ethernet and tape 
controller cards. The motherboard ac- 
cepts up to eight 1- or 2-MB single in- 
line memory modules, for a maximum of 
16 MB of 80-nanosecond RAM. 

The Super VGA graphics adapter and 
color monitor provide adequate detail for 
the icons and graphics on the X. Desktop 
interface, but Dell should have included 
a higher-resolution graphics option. The 
Interactive X port that Dell used as the 
basis for the operating system includes 
drivers for 8514 graphics as well as for 
hardware graphics accelerators. 

The motherboard integrates two serial 
ports and one parallel port. The Dell 
mouse (which is made by Logitech) 
plugs into one of the serial ports. For 
multiuser configurations, Dell furnishes 
serial port expansion boards to support 

up to 32 remote terminals over asynchro- 
nous lines. 

The Dell Station's cooling fan is one of 
the noisiest that I have come across in 
years. I had the system set up about 6 
inches from a wall, which may have en- 
hanced the sound, but you could tell 
when the computer was turned on from 
anywhere in the house. 

Big Software Bundle 

Dell Unix System V release 1.1 is a li- 
censed version of Interactive Systems' 
386/ix release 2.0.2, which is an imple- 
mentation of AT&T Unix System V 3.2. 
Dell has enhanced it to include new X 
drivers, an on-line manual, and several 
other features. The company has taken 
great pains to relieve the average user of 
ever having to deal with the nitty-gritty 
of Unix. 

The Dell Station 425E is designed to 
make it easy for non-Unix users to get 
started. You never have to learn the intri- 
cacies of grep, awk, or sed. The menu- 
driven sysadm program makes mundane 
system management relatively effortless. 

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Plug-and-Play Unix Machine 

Dell Station 425E 


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9505 Arboretum Blvd. 
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Components (as reviewed) 

Processor: 25-MHz Intel i486; socket for 
Weitek 4167 math coprocessor 
Memory: 8 MB of SIMM RAM 
Mass storage: High-density 5 1 /4-inch 
and 3 1 /2-inch floppy disk drives; 330-MB 
ESDI hard disk drive; 150-MB internal 
cartridge tape drive 

Display: 14-inch Dell VGA color monitor; 
800- by 600-pixel Dell Super VGA adapter 
Keyboard: 101 -key IBM Enhanced layout 
I/O interfaces: Two serial ports; one 
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Another difficulty of making Unix a 
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perienced users has been the absence of 
application programs that have a uniform 
interface. The Uniplex suite of business 
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other utility programs. All these pro- 
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one basic set of keyboard and mouse 

GUI and Text Interfaces 

The Dell Station offers two graphical 
user interfaces and a text-oriented user 
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option of making that user's interface 
either a standard X GUI running an 
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X environment with the OSF/Motif win- 
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files, and deleting files using the mouse. 
When you need to get into a Unix shell , 
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three text-oriented, full-size Unix 
screens for use as standard log-in ses- 
sions. One of these screens is the logical 
Unix console that displays system mes- 

The MS-DOS Connection 

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MS-DOS applications. You can run DOS 
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screen DOS window with complete en- 
hanced VGA support for graphics or text. 
You can switch back to the original X 
screen any time you like by simply hold- 
ing down Control, Alt, and Sysrq and 
then pressing F3. 

Running an MS-DOS session in a full- 
size VGA window offers excellent soft- 
ware compatibility. I ran Flight Simula- 
tor (to stress-test graphics compatibil- 
ity), WordPerfect 5.0, and Procomm, 
and I didn't experience any problems. 
You can run as many as three separate 
full-screen MS-DOS sessions and switch 
among them. 

The first DOS session that you start or 
DOS window that you open has control of 
the floppy disk drive (or drives). If you 
want to access the drive from another 
window or terminal, the original DOS 
session must release the device. 

MS-DOS can access and use Unix 
files, but DOS users must have at least 
Unix read access to those files. Unix 
filenames that are illegal under DOS are 
parsed to unique DOS filenames when 
listed with the DOS dir command. Also, 
the DOS copy command has switches to 
convert between Unix and DOS ASCII 
text files. (MS-DOS gives each line both 
carriage-return and linefeed characters; 
Unix, on the other hand, uses only a line- 

But Does It Perform? 

If you're accustomed to working on a 
computer with a windows-based inter- 
face, you'll be impressed with the Dell 
Station's performance. When you click 
on a window that's partially covered by 
other windows, it snaps to the top of the 

214 BYTE- DECEMBER 1990 

Is Windows 3.0 the 
end of DESQview? 

Not ifyou're still using 
DOS programs. 

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Windows 3.0. The multitasking, windowing environment. 

Are you still using MS-DOS programs on your PC? 

You may want to use DESQview as your primary 
operating environment. 

The new DESQview 2.3 and DESQview 386 2.3 let you 
use your favorite DOS and DOS-extended programs in 
windows side-by-side on 80286, 80386 and i486 PCs. As 
you can see above, you can even run Windows programs 

DESQview 386 2.3. The multitasking, windowing environment. 

within DESQview 386. So the next time you get error 
messages like the ones at the left in Windows, remember 
how the same set of programs look running in DESQview. 

Whatever standard you use— DOS, extended DOS or 
Windows— DESQview is still the best way to get the most 
out of the hardware and software you own today 

DESQview. The obvious choice. 

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For the Windows screen, we ran Microsoft Windows 3 H1MEM.SYS and EMM386.SYS. For the DESQview screen, we ran QEMM 386 v5.I. 

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stack instantly. When you drag or resize 
a window, it pops into its new size or lo- 
cation without hesitation. This instant 
visual feedback adds greatly to the qual- 
itative feeling of working with a high- 
performance computer. However, the 
speed is at least partially due to the fact 
that the Dell Station has to manage only a 
4-bit color plane with 800- by 600-pixel 

Overall, the Dell Station scored well 
against other i486-based machines that 
the BYTE Lab has tested. The Dell out- 
performed the Tangent Model 425 and 
Compaq Deskpro 486/25, and it ranked 
just behind the 33-MHz AST Research 
Premium 486/33 overall (for more on the 
comparison systems, see "486 EISA Ma- 
chines: A Slow Start in the Fast Lane," 
October BYTE, and "High-Performance 
486 ATs," November BYTE). The Dell 
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point test scores, but it outperformed all 

three of its competitors on the Dhrystone 
2 tests. And none of the comparison ma- 
chines can compete in terms of price 
when you consider the Dell Station's 
bundled software. 

A PC in a Unix World 

In a world of RISC workstations, the 
Dell Station bucks the trend by combin- 
ing a state-of-the-art CISC-based hard- 
ware platform with its Unix. Dell has 
used this platform to run an X-based ver- 
sion of Unix that makes the system as 
user-friendly as possible. To that extent, 
Dell has succeeded, although some users 
may be disappointed with the graphics 

Considering the wealth of software 
that the Dell Station includes, the price 
isn't bad. The new Sun SPARCstation 
IPC, which retails at just under $10,000, 
is a similar hardware package, but it 
lacks an OSF/Motif-type interface— at 

least until the next release of SunOS 
Unix— and it includes no applications 
software (BYTE will review the SPARC- 
station IPC in an upcoming issue). With 
the addition of the optional Dell Station 
Partner Kit ($399), you can use MS-DOS 
PCs as X terminals networked to the Dell 
Station, and the cost per user for this sys- 
tem drops rapidly. 

The Dell Station isn't going to convert 
any engineering workstation users, but if 
you're new to Unix or you're recom- 
mending a Unix system for the people in 
your office, the Dell Station requires a 
lot less hand-holding than other Unix al- 
ternatives. And that should make every- 
one happy. ■ 

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U.S. government in the Washington, 
D. C. , area. He does most of his work on 
a Sun-3. You can reach him on BIX as 
"junger. " 

216 BYTE- DECEMBER 1990 

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LAN Manager 2.0: 

A Force to Be Reckoned With 

Everybody loves a good horse race. 
In the realm of PC networking, 
that's just how industry watchers 
like to portray the contest between No- 
vell and Microsoft. Novell's NetWare, 
eight lengths ahead, suddenly finds 
Microsoft's LAN Manager thundering in 
hot pursuit. 

The battle for mind- and market-share 
won't end in a photo finish under the 
wire. But it will increasingly clarify an 
evolving vision of advanced network 
computing. Here are the essential ingre- 
dients of that vision: A network operating 
system should be easy to use and admin- 
ister, work smoothly with other kinds of 
networks, support distributed (client/ 
server) applications, run with blazing 
speed, exploit advanced hardware, pro- 
tect its resources with a rock-solid secu- 
rity system, and scale up gracefully from 
small to very large installations. 

LAN Manager's latest version, 2.0, 
scores well on all these fronts. Some of 
its new features, notably local security at 
the server and disk fault tolerance, match 
long-standing NetWare capabilities. 
Other features, such as limited multipro- 
cessor support and domainwide user ac- 
counts, break new ground. 

Read the Books First 

Five well-written manuals document the 
system. The installation process, while 
dead simple, requires choices that you 
can't intelligently make until you read 
the books and know the big picture. And 
make no mistake, it is a big picture. You 
will likely be working >with both OS/2 
and DOS machines. On the OS/2 side, 
you've got to consider which file system 
to use: the DOS-style file allocation table 
(FAT) or OS/2's High Performance File 

Any OS/2 system benefits from the 
standard features of HPFS: banded allo- 
cation, caching, B-tree directory lookup, 
and long filenames. But a LAN Manager 
server gets extra mileage out of HPFS; 
drive mirroring and duplexing require it. 
On a 386 machine, an alternate install- 
able file system called HPFS386 runs in 
native 32-bit mode. (A dual-processor 
version that runs HPFS386 and the net- 
work I/O subsystem on a dedicated pro- 
cessor should be available by the time 
you read this.) HPFS386 can distribute 

permissions for files throughout the file 
system, storing them in HPFS extended 
attributes rather than in a separate data- 
base file. That is the basis of local secu- 
rity, which enables you to protect the 
server's entire file system, not just the 
resources it shares with the network. As 
with a Unix machine, you log on for local 

Although it is possible to run a LAN 
Manager server on a FAT partition, I 
can't think of any good reason for doing 
so. For OS/2 workstations, it's another 
matter. If you're going to dual-boot DOS 
and OS/2, you'll need a FAT partition. 
Even so, savvy users will dedicate most 
of the disk to the superior HPFS. 

Next you've got to choose whether to 
make an OS/2 machine a workstation, a 
peer server, or a full-blown server. As 
you'd expect, memory requirements in- 
crease as you move up the ladder, from 3 
to 3.5 to 6 megabytes, respectively. I 
knew I wanted to make a 12-MB Compaq 
Systempro a server, but I erred in install- 
ing my second OS/2 system, a Dell 386/ 
25, as a workstation. The extra half- 
megabyte required for a peer server buys 
you more than a limited ability to share 
disk, printer, and other resources. A 
peer server can also be a backup domain 
controller. That means it keeps an auto- 
matically updated copy of the primary 
server's user accounts database. When I 
learned that, I promoted the Dell 386/25 
to a peer server, which meant removing 
and reinstalling the workstation soft- 
ware. Like I said, read the books first. 

The DOS Connection 

Since DOS is a much less complex beast 
than OS/2, it recovers more easily from a 
wrong choice. LAN Manager comes in 
two flavors for DOS: basic (big) and en- 
hanced (bigger). The basic version, a 
minimal MS-Network work-alike, can 
use the high-memory area (HMA— the 
first 64K bytes of extended memory) to 
shrink its memory footprint. With HI- 
MEM. DOS, the version of the HI- 
MEM. SYS driver that comes with LAN 
Manager, the basic workstation software 
used 69K bytes on a Gateway 386SX run- 
ning DOS 4.01. 

The enhanced version adds all the 
beef: resource browsing, messaging, the 
named-pipes protocol (required to ac- 

cess, for example, SQL Server), and 
queue manipulation. It can also use the 
HMA (and, in certain circumstances, 
EMS as well); with HIMEM.DOS in 
place, the enhanced version ate up 120K 
bytes on an Arche Legacy 386/33. 

The enhanced workstation offers to in- 
stall a Windows 3.0 driver. Presumably, 
you could run the basic version under 
Windows, but without the network sup- 
port for browsing available servers and 
queues and for receiving messages, it 
wouldn't buy you much. The enhanced 
version, on the other hand, dovetails 
nicely with Windows. You can use the 
File Manager to browse network drives, 
the Control Panel to locate and connect 
to network printers, and the Print Man- 
ager to monitor and control print queues. 
A utility called WinPopup receives and 
displays messages. You can also send out 
messages from within Windows; that's a 
convenience that the NetWare driver for 
Windows doesn't currently offer. 

Plumbing the Physical Layer 

LAN Manager 2.0 and NetWare 386 
handle network infrastructure— adapter 
drivers and protocols— in a similar way. 
LAN Manager's NDIS (the Microsoft/ 
3Com network driver interface specifi- 
cation) and NetWare 386's ODI (for open 
data-link interface) both do the same job: 
They separate hardware drivers from 
transport protocols. Network drivers 
used to be "monolithic": Adapter manu- 
facturers had to incorporate transport 
protocols in their driver software. With 
NDIS or ODI, driver writers need only 
conform to a generic transport-protocol 
interface— a simpler (though hardly triv- 
ial) task. Moreover, both interfaces sup- 
port two kinds of multiplexing. Different 
protocols can share an adapter so that, 
for example, LAN Manager's NetBEUI 
(the NetBIOS extended user interface) 
and TCP/IP can coexist on the same 
physical network. 

It works the other way, too— multiple 
adapters can share a protocol. In that 
case, the protocol spans two physical net- 
works. Just for fun, I converted my test 
LAN Manager network from a single 
Ethernet segment to two, joined at the 
Systempro server. With only four ma- 
chines, there was no reason to divide the 
cabling. However, it's a strategy that 
comes into play when managing large, 
congested networks. It took me 10 min- 
utes to add a second network adapter to 
the Systempro and to rearrange the ca- 
bles, and another 5 minutes to tell LAN 
Manager to "bind" the NetBEUI proto- 
col to the second adapter. 

In the two-segment configuration, all 

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LAN Manager 2.0: A Force to Be reckoned With 

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workstations communicated with the 
common server and vice versa. But they 
couldn't all talk to each other. LAN 
Manager 2.0 doesn't permit a machine 
on one physical network to communicate 
directly with a machine on the other. 
That's something that third parties will 
have to provide. 

More interesting than multiple adapt- 
ers, though, is the notion of multiple pro- 
tocols. Users increasingly want Macs, 
PCs, Unix workstations, and Digital 
Equipment and IBM hosts to be plug- 
and-play. Each of these cultures relies on 
deeply entrenched network protocols. 
Microsoft's NDIS, like Novell's ODI, is 
an architecture that enables a network to 
participate in several cultures at once. 
However, the core LAN Manager 2.0 
doesn't capitalize on that opportunity. 
Just as NetWare 386 ships only with its 
native IPX protocol, LAN Manager 2.0 
ships only with its native NetBEUI. For 
now you'll have to look elsewhere— most 
likely to 3Com— for the extra pieces you 
need to connect a LAN Manager network 
to a Macintosh or Unix network. 

LAN Manager workstations, like 

servers, bind one or more protocols to 
one or more adapters at run time. That 
means a LAN Manager OS/2 or DOS 
(enhanced) client can fit cleanly into a 
heterogeneous environment. (Although 
NetWare 286 clients are monolithic, Net- 
Ware 386 clients can also multiplex pro- 
tocols by means of ODI.) 

In general, it's a snap to install and re- 
arrange NDIS drivers. My only gripe is 
that there's no sanity-check utility like 
Unix's ping or NetWare's comcheck. I 
always like to test out basic connections 
before layering on a lot of network soft- 
ware. But when I encountered a faulty 
adapter configuration, I didn't discover 
the problem until the domainwide secu- 
rity system failed to initialize. 

Locking the Gate 

Under LAN Manager 1.x, you could 
walk up to a server, toggle from the LAN 
Manager session to an OS/2 command 
window, and proceed to snoop around in 
the server's file system. People rightly 
complained about that, and version 2.0 
solves the problem— with a vengeance. 

When you install a 2.0 server on a 386 
system, you can opt for local security. I 
did that, and when the server booted, 
it prompted me for the administrator's 
name and password. I typed "admin" 
and "password" per the manual's direc- 
tions but failed to gain administrative 

As I later discovered, the first batch of 
LAN Manager 2.0 disks were shipped 
with a password expiration date (a policy 
that has since changed), and mine had 
expired. The result was a convincing 
demonstration of local security— I was 
simply locked out of the file system. I 
couldn't even edit CONFIG.SYS to pre- 
vent the server software from starting. 
Not that that would have helped, since 
local security is intrinsic to the file sys- 
tem and doesn't depend on the network 
software. It looked as though I'd have to 
wipe the disk and start over. Although 
there was a workaround— one that Mi- 
crosoft supplied and would probably pre- 
fer I keep to myself— it's clear that the 
new LAN Manager has really battened 
down the hatches. 

Local security applies only to the 
server's console. From the network per- 
spective, server security comes in two 
flavors: share-level and user-level. 
Share-level security mimics MS-Net- 
work and PC-LAN networks, which can 
password-protect shared resources but 
can't specify levels of access by user. 
User-level security enables much more 
precise control. You can specify how 
each user (or group) can access each 

shared file, directory, print or serial de- 
vice queue, or named pipe. (While Net- 
Ware 386 also supports file-level per- 
missions, NetWare 286 does not.) When 
a server runs user-level security, it can 
also audit who does what with its shared 
resources. While it's more powerful and 
generally more desirable than share-level 
security, user-level security demands 
more administrative effort. In most cases 
it'll be worth the trouble, but it's handy 
to have the simpler, more open share-ori- 
ented method available as an option. 

Domains and Log-on Security 

A domain can weld a group of servers 
and workstations into a single adminis- 
trative unit. It sounds simple, and in a 
way it is, but you've got to work with the 
domainwide log-on security system for 
a while to sort through all its implica- 
tions. Domain-based security is option- 
al. Nothing prevents you from setting up 
a network with one or more stand-alone 
servers, each (as with NetWare) respon- 
sible for its own user accounts. In that 
case, however, each server accessible to 
a workstation has to maintain privileges 
for that user. Conversely, the user must 
supply a password each time he or she 
tries to attach to a shared resource. 

To activate domain security, you first 
name a primary domain controller and 
one or more backup domain controllers, 
join the controllers to a special group 
(called "servers"), and then start the 
netlogon service on each participating 
server. This makes sense even on a sin- 
gle-server network. Once the server vali- 
dates your log-on request, you're in. For 
the rest of that session, you can use any 
resource your permissions entitle you to 
use, no questions asked. 

The real purpose of domainwide secu- 
rity, of course, is to simplify multi- 
server administration. Within a domain, 
all servers running the netlogon service 
share identical copies of the user ac- 
counts database. The primary domain 
controller owns the master copy, which 
replicates automatically to the backups. 
Any domain controller can validate a 
log-on request, and, in fact, Microsoft 
recommends that you configure worksta- 
tions to prefer different domain control- 
lers to spread out the burden of log-on 

This arrangement simplifies the net- 
work administrator's life, because a sin- 
gle accounts database governs all access 
to a pool of servers. Conversely, for 
users it means that a single log-on request 
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take its place. 

What confused me at first was the dis- 
tinction between domains and log-on se- 
curity. Domains exist whether or not you 
run log-on security. When you start a 
workstation, it comes up in a "worksta- 
tion domain" and can see only the serv- 
ers in that domain. You might want to 
partition a large multiserver network into 
several such domains. 

Within each domain there can be 
stand-alone servers and/or domain con- 
trollers. Moreover, a single server can be 
both a stand-alone controller and a do- 
main controller at the same time. That's 
what happened when I set up the Dell 
386/25 (a peer server) as a backup con- 
troller. I kept thinking that the permis- 
sions I assigned in the domainwide ac- 
counts database would apply to resources 
that the Dell shared. But they didn't; I 
couldn't access the Dell system from 
other workstations. Eventually it 
dawned on me that the Dell wasn't run- 
ning the netlogon service. Peer servers 
can't run netlogon; only full servers 
can. Despite the fact that it was acting as 
a backup domain controller, the Dell 
needed its own accounts database to sup- 
port its role as a peer server. Unix LAN 
administrators routinely deal with these 
kinds of subtleties. But if you are used to 
simpler PC networks, the full implica- 
tions of LAN Manager 2.0's distributed 
security may take a while to sink in. 

Printer and Communication Queues 

One of NetWare 286 's more annoying 
peculiarities is that you have to define all 
your printer queues during installation. 

But with LAN Manager 2.0, as with its 
predecessors, that's not the case. It treats 
disk, printer, and serial-device resources 
in pretty much the same manner. You 
pick a share-name, specify its resource 
type, and assign the necessary permis- 
sions. Of course, before you can share a 
printer with the network, the printer first 
has to be installed locally— that is, its 
driver must be registered with the OS/2 
Print Manager. 

Printer queues integrate well with the 
messaging service. LAN Manager keeps 
you posted when a print job holds, re- 
sumes, or finishes, and when the printer 
goes off-line (which is most helpful). 
However, DOS workstations running the 
basic client service can't receive these 
helpful messages. They must monitor 
queues manually by means of the net 
print command. 

Communication queues enable OS/2 
workstations to share modems, scan- 
ners, and fax machines. For example, I 
installed a modem in the Systempro and 
shared it as NETMODEM. Using Hil- 
graeve's Hyper Access/5 for OS/2 on the 
Dell, I connected to the remote modem 
and logged onto BIX. You can also pool 
modems. For example, the protocol to 
share a pair of modems would be 

net share netmodem=coml: ,com2: 

at the server, and then, at the work- 

net use coml \ \server\netmodem 

LAN Manager searches the list of mo- 

dems and connects the client to the first 
available one. 

Distributed Computing 

Two LAN Manager features— remote 
administration and the netrun facility- 
hint at the remote processing capabilities 
that underlie LAN Manager. To remote- 
ly administer a server, you run net ad- 
min and set the focus to the remote tar- 
get. For example, once I granted admin- 
istrative privileges on the Systempro to 
the Dell's account, I was able to run net 
admin on the Dell, switch to the System- 
pro, and remotely add to its list of shared 

Behind the scenes, the two machines 
establish an RPC (remote procedure 
call) session. In fact, many of the LAN 
Manager application programming inter- 
face calls take a server-name parameter 
that governs whether the function exe- 
cutes locally or remotely. While remote 
administration is a nice touch, what this 
really means is that any developer of 
LAN Manager-aware distributed soft- 
ware has a huge head start. Tools for 
building client/server applications are 
part of the basic fabric of the network op- 
erating system. 

The netrun service executes entire 
programs on the server. A named pipe 
connects the client's standard input and 
output handles to a proxy that executes on 
the server. It's a tad awkward to set up. 
On the server side, you've got to specify 
a runpath that lists directories containing 
programs that the client can run. The cli- 
ent has to use a directory on the server 
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NetWare 386 holds a slight edge over LAN Manager 2 . 0, which more than doubles 
the performance of NetWare 286. The NETFIO test opens multiple files and performs 
seeks, reads, and writes in a pattern designed to simulate a typical database 
application. LAN Manager and NetWare 386 were tested on a Compaq Systempro 
running 32-bit NE3200 Ethernet; NetWare 286 was tested on an 8-MHz NEC 
PowerMate 286 running 16-bit Inter LAN Ethernet. A Gateway 20-MHz 386SX 
running DOS 4. 01 was used as the client machine. 

Even then, with only standard input and 
output to work with, you're limited to 
TTY-style batch processing. The netrun 
service is a stone ax in comparison to 
Unix's elegant X Window System. What 
is it good for? You might want to index 
piles of text at the server without clog- 
ging the wire with packets. More gener- 
ally, it's another reminder that OS/2— 
and, thus, LAN Manager— has the basic 
interprocess communications mecha- 
nisms needed to support distributed 

Days of Reckoning 

Network consultants around the world 
are now subjecting LAN Manager to 
close scrutiny. No one I've spoken to 
doubts that version 2.0 deserves to play 
in the major leagues. It has the requisite 
performance (see the figure), security, 
and scalable architecture, along with 
strong support for heterogeneous net- 
working and distributed computing. 

The question is not whether LAN 
Manager 2.0 will succeed, but to what 
extent. The answer depends on a host of 

variables, including price, third-party 
support, and the relative fortunes of 
DOS, Windows, OS/2, and NetWare. 
Although price may not be the major 
concern of large-scale network purchas- 
ers, NetWare 386' s $7995 price tag has 
caused considerable sticker shock among 
smaller fry. A 25-node LAN Manager 
2.0 installation costs less than $3000 yet 
delivers many comparable features. 

To date, more database servers sup- 
port LAN Manager than NetWare. But 
although LAN Manager 2.0 and Net- 
Ware 386 servers are roughly compara- 
ble, their strengths differ on the client 
side. LAN Manager favors the OS/2 
workstation; NetWare favors DOS. Since 
OS/2 has yet to displace DOS on many 
desktops, chalk up a serious advantage 
for NetWare. I'm perversely optimistic 
about OS/2's future— version 2.0 is tan- 
talizingly close to displacing Windows 
on my everyday machine— but you can't 
ignore basic 640K-byte DOS machines. 
While we're waiting for client/server 
software to materialize, we have to keep 
doing our jobs. 

Still, the events of the last year or so 
have proved, once again, that you should 
never say never. DOS was never going to 
bust out of 640K bytes. Windows was 
never going succeed. NetWare would 
never be easy to install. Unix could never 
look good. Macs would never be cheap. I 
think I'll wait and see what next year 
holds for OS/2 and LAN Manager. ■ 

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A Digital "Quill" 

for Mac Video Displays 

Working with live composite video 
on a Mac II-class computer has 
never been easier. Many new Nu- 
Bus boards now display live video in a 
Mac window and copy a freeze-frame 
digital video image to a disk file. Unfor- 
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been slow in coming. One of the first to 
arrive is Data Translation's VideoQuill, 
a $495 program that lets you combine 

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Hardware Needed 

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operating on a 
Mac Ilfx using a 
ColorCapture 2. 
display board. 
Note the heavy 
lines in the title 
bars for the Tools, 
Palette, and 
document window. 
These lines are 
2 pixels wide to 
reduce flicker on 
an interlaced 

text, graphics, and video for impressive 

VideoQuill uses outline fonts and a va- 
riety of special effects to render high- 
quality text painted with 16- or 24-bit 
colors. The software's real strengths, 
however, lie in working with live or cap- 
tured video. You can display high-qual- 
ity text over live video (video titling), or 
you can merge text and graphics with 
video (live or captured) for multimedia 
presentations. (To use VideoQuill with 
live video, you'll need a videographics 
board, such as Data Translation's Color- 
Capture 2.0, and an extra monitor.) 

Full-Spectrum Text and Color 

You'll get your best results from Video- 
Quill on 16- and 24-bit color displays. 
While VideoQuill functions in 8 bits, it's 
difficult to gauge how your work will 
look without using deeper displays. 
When you first create a VideoQuill doc- 
ument, a dialog box prompts you for the 
document's pixel depth (either 16 or 24 
bits, which can be independent of the dis- 
play's depth that you're working on), 
window size (using either the current dis- 
play's size or values that you type in), 
and the window' s position on the display. 
Inside the document window you design 
a layout composed of rectangles or text; 
VideoQuill doesn't provide tools to let 
you draw arcs or circles. The package's 
text quality and fine color control par- 
tially compensate for this shortcoming. 

The software's own set of outline fonts 
draws high-resolution text in type sizes of 
from 5 to 2000 points. Eighteen default 
sizes (ranging from 12 to 800 points) re- 
side in the Text menu; in this menu, an 
Other selection lets you enter values out- 
side of these sizes. You can rotate text 
either by clicking on a rotate tool and 
dragging the text string or by typing a de- 
gree value for the rotation angle in a dia- 
log box. The latter is handy for precision 
work. You can modify the text's kerning, 
leading, and word spacing. Using other 
tools, you can color and position drop 
shadows along the text. VideoQuill uses 
its own antialiasing algorithm to prevent 
ragged text by blending the character's 
colors with the background colors. 

VideoQuill works with outlines sup- 
plied by URW, a German type foundry, 
not Adobe Type 1 fonts. These outlines 
exist as separate files that you copy into a 
VideoQuill Fonts folder. Nine type- 
faces arrive in the standard package; 47 
additional typefaces cost $495. 

You can select color ranges for the cur- 
rent object (either text or a rectangle), 
and the background from the Palette 
menu's color palette. An object can have 
a single (flat) color, or if you use a range, 
a smooth blend from the starting to the 
ending hue. You can adjust the object's 
color transparency, and instead of a 
color, you can import an image into the 
object. For example, you might type the 
text string "sunset," select Picture from 
the Color menu, and choose a file that 
contains a scanned sunset image. The 
sunset appears within the text's outline. 

You can paste the Clipboard's contents 
in front of or behind the current object, 
move the current object a layer forward 
or backward, or bring the current object 
to the front or the rear. Unfortunately, 
VideoQuill lacks a grouping operation 
that would let you combine and treat a 
collection of objects as a whole. 

VideoQuill imports graphics and 
images in TIFF, PICT, or MacPaint for- 
mats. You use the Picture Box tool to 
select a point in the window and drag out 
a box outline with the mouse. Next, a 
Standard File dialog box prompts you for 
the image's filename. The software 
pastes a full-size image into the newly 
drawn box. You can also use the Clip- 
board to import images, but the other 
method offers more precise control over 
where and how much of an imported 
image shows in the window. You can im- 
port all of an image (by not drawing the 
box) or use a Hand tool to move the 
image until the desired portion appears 
in the box. You can also scale the image 
to fit the box and adjust its transparency. 

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Trial Run 

For my evaluation, I used two systems: a 
Mac Ilci with 4 megabytes of RAM, a 
SuperMac Spectrum/24 Series III board, 
and a 19-inch display; and a Mac Ilfx 
with 8 MB of RAM, an Apple 8*24 dis- 
play board, and an AppleColor 13-inch 
monitor. Both of these systems ran Sys- 
tem 6.0.5 software and had 80-MB hard 
disk drives. I used a Data Translation 
ColorCapture 2.0 videographics board to 
provide live video and capture 16-bit 
images. A RasterOps 364 video board 
captured 24-bit video images and pre- 
viewed the video output from the Color- 
Capture board. I installed these boards 
in the Mac Ilfx. My video source was a 
Pioneer VP-1000 laser disk player. 

The application operates in a 3-MB 
MultiFinder partition. This leaves little 
room for running anything other than 
VideoQuill on the Ilci, but applications 
that handle 16- and 24-bit data routinely 
require lots of memory. I managed to 
shoehorn MindWrite in with VideoQuill 
to see how well the latter coped with low- 
memory situations (and to write this re- 
view). VideoQuill did quite well operat- 
ing in a less-than-optimal partition size, 
and it popped up alerts warning of low 
memory without crashing. The applica- 
tion worked without a hitch on the Ilfx. 

VideoQuill helps you produce impres- 
sive documents and snazzy slides suit- 
able for presentations. However, the soft- 
ware's real purpose is to work with 
video. The video capabilities of the ap- 
plication worked flawlessly. For exam- 
ple, video is one of the "colors" you can 
pick for objects. When you use Video- 
Quill with a videographics board, the 
software substitutes live video for this 
object's color. VideoQuill accomplishes 
this by modifying bits in the object's 
alpha channel. The alpha channel modi- 
fies or describes an object's characteris- 
tics; in this case, it handles video con- 
trol. The channel is a bit in size for 16-bit 
color and a whole byte for 24-bit color. 

This feature provides some unique ef- 
fects. Since the background is an object, 
you can let it pass video except where text 
is present. This makes VideoQuill useful 
for video titling, but its capabilities don't 
end there. For example, you could type 
"TV" and select video for the text's 
color. A videographics board driving an 
interlaced monitor would show a colored 
background, with live video filling the T 
and V characters on the screen. Or you 
could make a business chart and draw a 
box in the corner that would pass the 
video. You retain this alpha channel in- 
formation when you save the window as a 
VideoQuill document. VideoQuill can 


also export documents as either TIFF or 
PICT files. 

On the interlaced monitor I connected 
to the ColorCapture 2.0 board, text looked 
fine at every point size, and color blend- 
ing was superb. VideoQuill readily ac- 
cepted images that were captured by the 
RasterOps 364. Trying to let video bleed 
through areas of a scanned image proved 
to be a bit tricky using VideoQuill itself. 
First, using an image-manipulation ap- 
plication, such as PhotoMac or Photo- 
shop, I selected a color in the image to 
pass video and had the application strip 
out regions with that color. Then, after 
selecting the transparent background 
color option, I pasted the image into the 
VideoQuill document. Finally, I set the 
background to the video color. 

I found it easier to use Data Transla- 
tion's ColorCapture application bundled 
with the ColorCapture board to select a 
range of colors in the image and set the 
alpha channel bit. ColorCapture saves 
the image as a PICT file, and VideoQuill 
recognizes the alpha channel informa- 
tion once you import the file. For exam- 
ple, using a scanned autumn scene with 
blue sky and red-orange trees, it was easy 
to use ColorCapture' s color controls to 
set the alpha channel bit to pass video for 
the sky tones. When I pasted the image 
into VideoQuill, the trees appeared su- 
perimposed over live video. 

You can print VideoQuill documents, 
but only at screen resolution (i.e. , 72 dots 
per inch). When I printed from Video- 
Quill to a 300-dpi Tektronix Phaser color 
printer using the 6.0 LaserWriter driver, 
the output looked dark and muddy. I got 
better results by saving the document as a 
TIFF file, importing it into Photoshop, 
and printing. 

More Tools 

VideoQuill has some shortcomings. Cir- 
cle and arc tools would make for better 
layouts, and the lack of a grouping tool 
makes complicated designs difficult. It 
would also be nice to incorporate some of 
ColorCapture 's color controls that oper- 
ate on the alpha channel into VideoQuill. 
Despite these flaws, VideoQuill does 
work, and the results with video can be 
quite spectacular. It provides features 
not found in some presentation packages, 
and it breaks new ground working with 
the video medium. For those who have to 
work with video now, VideoQuill can 
help you pen a solution. ■ 

Tom Thompson is a BYTE senior editor at 
large with a B.S.E.E. degree from Mem- 
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on BIX as lt tom_thompson. " 

& ■ 


Your Right Brain Wants It! 

While your left brain duly notes the benefits of 
Clipper programming, the right half is wild about how 
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Unix and 1-2-3 

Spreadsheets are no longer the do- 
main of single-user personal com- 
puters. As personal computers ap- 
proach the throughput of workstations, 
many users are abandoning DOS for 
more powerful multiuser operating sys- 
tems. Lotus Development has noted this, 
and Lotus 1-2-3 for Unix System V is its 

Lotus 1-2-3 for Unix System V is es- 
sentially a port of Lotus 1-2-3 release 
3.0, dressed up to take advantage of the 
multitasking, multiuser environment of 
Unix System V/386. 
The package consists of a user's guide, 

Lotus 1-2-3 

for Unix System V 


Lotus Development Corp. 
55 Cambridge Pkwy. 
Cambridge, MA 02142 

Hardware Needed 

Compaq, IBM, or compatible 386 PC with 
4 MB of RAM and 5 MB of free disk space 

Software Needed 

System V 3.2 from SCO, AT&T, or 
Interactive, or SCO Xenix 2.3 


Single-user: $695 

10 users: $1295 

Four additional users: $495 

Inquiry 1148. 

Lotus 1-2-3 for 
Unix System V 
sports multiple 
views and 
graphics support. 

a reference manual, and six 1.2-mega- 
byte floppy disks. The documentation 
has the qualities normally associated 
with Lotus: clear and to the point. 

Installation under SCO Unix System 
V took only 20 minutes. Lotus took ad- 
vantage of SCO's custom installation 
program, which handles all the file ex- 
traction, copying, and permission setting 
necessary to build the Lotus directory hi- 
erarchy in the location of your choice. 

Will You Recognize It? 

Running 1-2-3 on the console of a com- 
puter running Unix System V/386 is 
much like running 1-2-3 release 3.0 
under DOS. VGA and EGA are sup- 
ported, with a choice of text resolutions 
ranging from 25 rows by 80 columns to 
60 by 80. Graphs are displayed on sup- 
ported adapters. 

One enhancement added for Unix Sys- 
tem V is the ability to simultaneously 
display up to 26 worksheets in perspec- 
tive mode. The number of worksheets to 
be displayed must be selected on the 
command line, though, so if you have al- 
ready started work and decide that you 
need to display more than the three de- 
fault worksheets, you must save your 
work, exit the program, and restart 1-2-3 
to use this feature. 

The familiar 1-2-3 command keys, 
such as "/" to bring up the menu bar and 
arrow keys to select items, are used, but 
combinations that would normally use 
the Alt or Control keys are implemented 
in a more portable way. For instance, 
moving from one sheet to the one above it 
is invoked with Control-PageUp in DOS 

and Control-A PageUp in Unix. Like- 
wise, the Alt-function keys are invoked 
by typing Control-F and then pressing 
the function key. This lets the same key- 
strokes work from a variety of input 

I didn't run any exhaustive perfor- 
mance tests, but a macro that took 13 
seconds to run under DOS (on a 25-MHz 
386, with no 80387) executed in 29 sec- 
onds on an identical Unix machine under 
a fairly heavy multiuser load. 

Running 1-2-3 from a remote com- 
puter is more of an adventure. Except in 
special circumstances (as with the Sun- 
River Fiber Optic Station), graphics are 
not supported; therefore, you cannot dis- 
play graphs. In addition, since terminal 
keyboards rarely match PC keyboards, 
an adjustment is necessary in the com- 
mand keys. For instance, the command 
to move to cell A 1 on the first spread- 
sheet is normally Control-Home; on a 
Wyse WY-50 terminal, the command se- 
quence is Control-A PF2 7 (7 is the PC 
numeric keypad key for Home). 

Working Together 

Lotus 1-2-3 for System V can retrieve 
any file on your Unix network that you 
normally have permission to access. 
Since worksheets can be saved in both 
.WK3 and .WK1 formats, it is possible 
to have a central repository of work- 
sheets for all the users on the network, 
both DOS and Unix. 

An important point, however, is that 
file locking is available only for files on 
the machine 1-2-3 is running on. File 
locking across the network is not sup- 
ported from within 1-2-3. It is a good 
idea to store worksheets on the 1-2-3 
server to avoid the loss of information 
caused by two users updating the same 
worksheet at the same time. 

Lotus 1-2-3 for System V is licensed 
for one CPU: This means that to access 
1-2-3, you must log onto the licensed 
computer. Note that this is distinctly dif- 
ferent from a file-server license, where 
the executable code is actually running 
on your local machine. 

Lotus 1-2-3 for Unix System V pro- 
vides the industry-standard spreadsheet 
to users of Unix System V for the PC. It 
extends the base 1-2-3 release 3.0 prod- 
uct with features suited to Unix-style net- 
working, and it can even be run from 
ASCII terminals. It tries hard to preserve 
the look and feel of the DOS version of 
1-2-3, and it largely succeeds. ■ 

Rick Farris is a principal at RF Engineer- 
ing, a custom software house. He can be 
reached on BlXc/o "editors. " 

DECEMBER 1990 • B Y T E 233 


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A "More Filling" Generation 
of Tape Backup 


You've heard it all before: If you 
want to avoid despair, back up the 
data on your hard disk drive. How- 
ever, as standard hard disk drive capaci- 
ties break the 100-megabyte barrier, the 
backup process becomes more and more 
of a chore. Backup is especially painful 
if you're using floppy disks; soon you be- 
gin to feel like a high-tech short-order 
cook, flipping disks like so many thin 
black pancakes. 

A tape backup unit is the obvious 
answer. No disk flipping, no piles of ill- 
marked floppy disks. You can start the 
backup and partake of another cup of 
coffee, or schedule the backup to start 
automatically at a predetermined time. 
TBUs aren't exactly new, but in keeping 

Coretape Light 
(left) and the 
Jumbo 250 up the 
ante of tape 
capacity for 
today 's mega- 
megabyte hard 
disk drives. 

with hard disk trends, the latest genera- 
tion of QIC-80 (quarter-inch cartridge) 
TBUs offer higher capacities. I tested 
two of the new incarnation: the Jumbo 
250 from Colorado Memory Systems and 
Coretape Light from Core International. 
Both units use varying forms of data 
compression to pack lots of bits on a tiny 
tape. As its name implies, the Jumbo 250 
fits up to 250 MB of data on a DC-2120 
tape; Coretape Light fits up to 300 MB 
on the same cartridge size. (Without 
compression, DC-2120 tapes hold a max- 
imum of 120 MB.) 

QIC Developer 

Colorado Memory Systems isn't new to 
the backup game; nearly a decade ago, it 

Jumbo 250 


Colorado Memory Systems, Inc. 
Loveland, CO 80537 
(303) 669-8000 

Hardware Needed 

IBM AT, PS/2, or compatible 


$499; controller, $129.95; controller with 
hardware compression, $299.95; controller 
with hardware compression for Micro 
Channel systems, $399.95 

Inquiry 1105. 

Coretape Light 


Core International 
7171 North Federal Hwy. 
Boca Raton, FL 33487 
(407) 997-6055 

Hardware Needed 

IBM AT, PS/2, or compatible 



Inquiry 1106. 

was instrumental in developing the QIC 
standard that nearly all TBUs use. The 
Jumbo 250 ($499), like its predecessors, 
is a well-built unit that stands up to hard 
daily use. In its basic configuration, it 
mounts in a half-height drive bay and 
hooks up to your system's floppy disk 
drive controller as the second drive. But 
that limits you to the maximum 500,000- 
bps data transfer rate of an AT floppy 
disk (250,000 bps with a PC). 

An optional $129.95 add-in board 
boosts the data transfer rate to 1 megabit 
per second (500,000 bps on a PC). The 
controller also lets you use a second flop- 
py disk drive or mount the Jumbo 250 in 
an external enclosure that you can easily 
transport from system to system. 

More interesting is the top-of-the-line 
"jumperless" board that I tested with the 
Jumbo 250 (this board isn't available for 
XTs— only ATs, PS/2s, and compat- 
ibles). In addition to the high-speed con- 
troller, it includes hardware data com- 
pression using the proprietary STAC 
chip. At $299.95 ($399.95 for the Micro 
Channel version), it's not exactly a low- 
cost option, but it's a boon for the truly 
hurried. Without the add-in board, the 
Jumbo 250 still offers data compression, 
albeit in a software version, whose speed 
is highly dependent on the speed of your 
system' s processor. 

The Jumbo 250 is easy to install. I just 
slid it into a free drive bay, plugged in 
the 16-bit add-in compression board, 
connected power to both using an in- 
cluded Y-adapter, and hooked a cable 
between them. 

The automatic software installation is 
a revelation, especially when you're in- 
stalling one of the add-in boards. The 
utility checks your system and sets the 
jumperless board for interrupt, DMA 
channels (two are needed with the com- 
pression board), and I/O base address. It 
saves lots of hair-tearing, but it's not 
foolproof, nor did I expect it to be. 

After I installed the Jumbo 250 and at- 
tempted to start a backup, the software 
kept telling me that I didn't have a tape 
unit installed. I finally figured out that 
the culprit was my Microsoft Bus Mouse, 
which was using the same interrupt as 
the tape board. (Since the mouse wasn't 
moving, the automatic installation utility 
didn't "see" it.) I moved a jumper on the 
mouse board, and everything was fine. 

Trendy TBU 

I cringed slightly when I found that Core 
planted the Coretape Light moniker on its 
$545 TBU; it sounds just a tad too trendy 
for me. Coretape Light accommodates a 
slide-in mount in a free drive bay. Core 

DECEMBER 1990 -BYTE 235 

A "More Filling" Generation of Tape Backup 

Jumbo 250 

With optional controller, 
hardware compression on 

With optional controller, 
hardware compression off 

Without optional controller, 
software compression on 

Without optional controller, 
software compression off 

Coretape Light 

Full software compression 

No compression 


< Better 


Worse ► 




5 10 15 

Time (minutes) 

1 1 

20 10 20 30 

Time (minutes) 


The compression scheme used by the Jumbo 250 sped up most processes. All tests were run on a 20-MHz 386-based 
AT clone using a Quantum 1 7 OS SCSI hard disk drive hooked up to a DPT 4-Mbps SmartConnex controller. 
Logical drive D (containing 31.3 MB of data) was used in all cases. 

Harvard Graphics 

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A "More Filling" Generation of Tape Backup 

also offers an $89 controller (not re- 
viewed) that lets you run a second floppy 
disk drive or mount Coretape Light as an 
external drive. Even with the optional 
controller, Coretape Light is limited to 
the slower data transfer speed of the AT 
floppy disk drive controller. Coretape 
Light is even more of a snap than the 
Jumbo 250 to install. You slide it in, plug 
in power and the second floppy disk drive 
connector, and install the software. 

Both the Jumbo 250 and Coretape 
Light offer extensive software options. 
There are the usual options for format- 
ting blank tape (since it takes about an 
hour, most tapes come preformatted), 
verifying tape usability, and choosing 
full or partial backups. Coretape Light's 
software offers a few more choices, in- 
cluding an exhaustive test of a blank tape 
and a "Retension" procedure that re- 
adjusts the tension of a new cartridge or 
one that's been in storage for a long time. 

Both TBUs also have unattended back- 
up options— TSR programs that will per- 
form backups at the time you determine. 
It's a handy option that lets your com- 
puter (instead of you) work overtime to 
do the backup. I set my system to back up 

my new data daily at 2 a.m., with a full 
backup once a week. Unattended back- 
ups are a great way to make sure the job 
gets done (of course, you have to remem- 
ber to put the tape in the drive). 

I've always thought that comparing 
backup operation speeds isn't a valuable 
exercise since you "set and forget" it 
while you're away from your computer. 
A couple of minutes one way or the other 
really isn't a big deal. But for compari- 
son, I timed the backup and restore oper- 
ations of both drives with and without 
their various options (see the figure). As 
the results show, the Jumbo 250 with the 
hardware compression board (and com- 
pression on) actually speeds up the back- 
up process. Software compression is 
much slower, simply because it has to 
steal cycles from your system's proces- 
sor. But the Jumbo 250's software com- 
pression is still quite fast. 

No matter how you set things up, a re- 
store operation takes considerably longer 
than the backup. Coretape Light has a 
large edge in locating an individual file 
on a tape, using something called Rapid 
Random Restore. With the Jumbo 250, I 
restored a single file from the middle of a 

backup in 2 minutes, 25 seconds; Core- 
tape Light restored the same file in only 
24 seconds, or about five times faster. 

QIC Pick 

Both of the basic drive units are well con- 
structed, and the slightly higher price of 
Coretape Light reflects its ability to fit 
more bits on a tape. It also has a glass- 
ferrite record/read head that should hold 
up longer than the conventional head 
used in the Jumbo 250. For versatility, 
the Jumbo 250 is a better choice, espe- 
cially if you have a free slot that you can 
use to take advantage of the higher 
throughput and/or hardware compres- 

In this world of gee-whiz computer 
technology, TBUs are often-neglected, 
albeit necessary, peripherals. To me, the 
ability to pack up to 300 MB on a tape 
that's smaller than a pack of playing 
cards is wondrous indeed. 

It's 2 a.m. Do you know where your 
data is? ■ 

Stan Miastkowski is the BYTE senior edi- 
tor for new products. He can be reached 
on BIX as "stanm." 

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SlimLine 386 Mono 
System Features: 

• 33M Hz Intel* 80386DXprocessor 

• 4Mb of 32-bit DRAM (expandable to 
16Mb on motherboard) 

• Down-scaled, U.S.-made motherboard 

• 40Mb fast access hard drive; AT bus 
interface; 1:1 interleave; 32K look 
ahead disk caching 

• 64K SRAM memory cache; read/ 

• High density 1.2Mb5.25"and 1.44Mb 
3.5"floppydrives; also read/write low- 
density disks 

• Fiveopen expansion slots; three 
full length 16-bitand 2 half 
length 8-bit 

• 25or33MHz80387orWeitek 
coprocessor support 

• One parallel and two serial ports 

• Built-in 16-bit SVGA with upto 
1024 x 768 resolution; 512K video 

• Clock/ calendar chip rated at 5 years 

• 100 watt power supply 

• Small footprint SlimLine case with 
room fortwoexposed and 1 internal 
half-height devices 

• Front mounted reset and high/ low 
speed controls 

• Exclusive Northgate Omni Key keyboard 

• 12" VGA monochrome monitor 

• Microsoft* Windows^. and mouse 

• MS-DOS 4.01 and GW-BASIC 
software installed 

• On-line User's Guide to the system and 
MS-DOS 4.01 

• QAPlus diagnostic and utility software 

• Smartdrive caching software 

• 1 year warranty on system parts and 
labor; 5 years on keyboard 

• FCC Class B Certified 

with a one year warranty on 
parts and labor; five years on the 
OmniKey keyboard. And, if a part 
fails, well ship a replacement to you 
overnight at our expense — before 
you return your part! 

Now use SlimLine for 60 
days — Risk Free! Were sure 
you'll want to keep your SlimLine 
Cache — so we wont rush you. 
Put it to the test in your office or 
home for a full 60 days. If it doesn't 
live up to everything we say, 
return it for a full refund — no 
questions asked. 

Order Today! Ask About 
Custom Configurations. 


Monochrome System 


SVGA Color System 8 3999 00 
Delivered to your home or office 

EASY FINANCING: Easy payment options. 
Use your Northgate Big'N', VISA, MasterCard... 
or lease it. Up to five-year terms available. 



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DECEMBER 1990 -BYTE 241 

Northgate Elegance 386733 System... 

Now! Northgate Slashes Price... 
Doubles No-RiskTrialTo 60 Days! 



1989 TOP 100 

Buy now. 

no payments 

for 90 days! 

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NetWare Compatible 

Award winning 386 
performance! Sizzling 
Northgate Elegance 386/33 
and 386/25 systems won PCMagazitie 
Editors' Choice awards, were rated #1 
and #2 products (respectively) in 
InfoWorld AND received Computer 
Shopper "Best Buy" recognitions. No 
other company can make that claim! 
Here's how we did it! 

Elegance 386's high performance 
motherboard is designed and 
manufactured by Northgate. With a 
16Mb 32-bit DRAM capacity, it's 
consistently rated in the top 1 % of 
performance — at 25 and 33MHz, 
Elegance 386 is the fastest in its class! 

Tri-caching started here! Elegance 
was Northgate's first triple caching 
machine. It comes with 64K read 
write-back SRAM cache to accelerate 
the execution of instructions. 
(Northgate exclusive 256K system 
available.) A 32 K hard drive cache 
controller accelerates I/O transactions 
while Smartdrive DOS disk 
caching software increases overall 
system throughput. 

Zip through demanding programs. 

Multi-stage caching easily handles 
even a heavy overhead of video 
programs, 1/ O intensive tasks, network 
servers, large data bases and advanced 
desktop publishing programs. 

Desktop or tower. . .your choice! 

Elegance 386 comes standard in our 
elegant five bay desktop case. Our 
popular seven bay tower case is also 
available. Either way, you get plenty of 
room for all kinds of I/O boards, and 
internal /external peripherals. 

Start with our monochrome 
system! Northgate uses a modular 
approach that lets you add the 
components you need. Northgate's 
Elegance 386 mono system includes 
4Mb of RAM, a 40Mb fast access hard 
drive, 1.2Mb 5.25" and 1.44Mb 3.5" 
floppy drives, a 14" high resolution 
monochrome monitor and our exclusive 
Om/iiKey® keyboard. 

242 BYTE- DECEMBER 1990 

PC Magazine said: Elegance "combines top performance, good 
components and aggressive excellent performer all around."' 

rell us what you need . . . 
we'll build your system! 
Performance options include: 
hard drives up to 1.2 gigabytes with 
15ms access; VGA and SVGA color 
cards and monitors; Intel and Weitek 
math coprocessors; CD ROM and 
optical drives; tape backups; printers 
and a host of others! 

Industry's finest 24-hour toll- 
free technical support! Your 
Elegance 386 is backed by expert 
technical support any time you 
need it. Call toll-free, 7 days a week, 

24 hours a day. PLUS, free on-site 
next day service to most locations 
if we can't solve your problems over 
the phone. 

Elegance 386 is backed by a one year 
warranty on parts and labor; five 
years on the OmniKey keyboard. If a 
part fails, we'll ship a replacement 
to you overnight at our expense — 
before you return your part! 

Now! Use Elegance 386/25 or 
33MHz RISK FREE for 60 days! 

If it fails to meet your expectations, 
return it. No questions asked. 

Software Package with SVGA 
color system purchase! 

Limited time only! Select 
Northgates SVGA color system and 
you'll get Samna® Ami™ Professional 
word processing and Informix® 
Wingz™ graphics spreadsheet — FREE! 


25MHz Monochrome System 


SVGAColorSystem s 3999 M 

33MHz Monochrome System 


SVGA Color System H299 00 
Delivered to your home or office 

EASY FINANCING: Easy payment 
options. Use your Northgate Big N, VISA, 
MasterCard . . .or lease it. Up to five-year 
terms available. 



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All other products and brand namesare trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective companies. Prices 3nd specifications subject to change without notice. Northg3te reserves the right to substitute components ofc<|ual or greater quality or 

performance. All items subject to availability. We support the ethical use of software. To report software copyright violations, call the Software Publishers Association's Anti-Piracy Hotline at 1-8O0-388-P1R8. 

Elegance 386 Monochrome System Features: 

• 25or33MHzIntel @ 80386DX 

• Desktop case with room for three 


exposed and 2 internal half -height 

• 4Mb of 32-bit RAM (expandable 
to 8Mb on motherboard; tocaJ 

devices; optional seven bay tower case 
has room for three exposed and four 

system RAM of 16Mb with optional 

internal half -height devices 

32-bit memory card) 

• Front mounted reset and high/ low 

• U.S.-made motherboard 

speed controls 

• 40Mb fast access hard drive; 16-bit 

• Exclusive Northgate OmniKey 

controller with 1:1 interleave; 32 K 


disk read-look-ahead cache buffer 

• 14" high resolution monochrome 

• 64K SRAM memory cache; read/ 


write-back caching 

• Microsoft®Windo\vs™3.0and 

• High density 1.2Mb 5.25"and 


1.44Mb 3 .5" floppy drives; also 

read/write low density disks 

• MS-DOS 4.01 and GW-BASIC 

• Eight expansion slots; one 32-bit slot; 

software installed 

six 16-bit and one 8-bitslot 

• On-line User's Guide to the system 

• Weitek math coprocessor support 

and MS-DOS 4.01 

• One parallel and two serial ports 

• QA Plus Diagnostic and Utility 

• Hercules compatible video adapter 


• Clock/ calendar chip rated at 5 years 

• 1 year warranty on system parts and 

labor; 5 years on keyboard 

• 200 watt power supply (220 watt 

power supply in tower case 

• FCC Class B Certified 

Select our Elegance 386 SVGA 
Color System! We took our popular 
Mono System and added even more 
power-packed features! You get: 

• Super-fast 200Mb Maxtor hard drive 
with 15ms access 

• 14" SVGA 1024 x 768 color monitor 

• 16-bit SVGA adapter with 512K video 

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DECEMBER 1990 • B Y T E 243 

New Northgate Elegance 486i™ System. 

"Editors' Choice" said PC Magazine? 

(Adding: "Northgate stops at nothing to please its 
customers...97 % would buy again!"**) 

InjbWorldhbs scored 
it 9.1-top rating ever! f 

Incredible power and unmatched 
performance at a price you'd 
expect to pay for a 386™! 




Delivered to Your Home or Office 

TTThether 80286, 386 or 
1/1/ 486 technology, Northgate 
r F consistently brings you top rated 
systems. Our value and performance is 
unexcelled when you look at the experts' 
opinions. Northgate is a company in 
which you can place your trust — perhaps 
our most important advantage! 

In January, 1988, Northgate won its 
first Editors' Choice for the 286/12 
SuperMicro. Northgate leadership 
prevailed again when PC Magazine 
benched 386 systems. One couldn't do 
better. Three Editors' Choice — one for 
each speed in our Elegance line of 20, 25 
and 33MHz systems. Northgate is the 
only company who can make this claim! 

PC Magazine then called for 486 
ISA systems for review. Result: 
there was no question about it. "Only 
one machine stands out," they said, 
"you could pay less for a 486 system, 
butnotgetthebonuses that are offered 
with the Elegance."* 

Along the way, we added another Editors' 
Choice of our OmniKef keyboard. 
There you have it... 

A record five Editors' Choice 
Awards in one year's time! 

About the same time, the tough 
testers at InfoWorld 'were thoroughly and 
methodically examining Elegance 486i. 
They reported you could buy the next 
highest ranked system (scoring 8.2 vs. 
our 9.1) but you'd also pay three 
times as muchlt 

InfoWorld s editors concluded that 
Northgate's 486i "leads the pack by a 
comfortable margin. It offers impressive 
performance, exceptional expandability 
and it is tops in support and value."! 

InfoWorld showed Elegance 
486i leading the pack again as 
a network file server and 
stand-alone system as well. 

And, as if we had planned it, 

PC Magazine came along with its 
Service and Reliability issue in 
which Northgate's dedication to 

customer support was well evidenced. 
"As we learned more about its service 
policies, it became clear that Northgate 
stops at nothing to please its customers." 
No wonder "Northgate was the 
hands-down winner when it came to 
customer loyalty."** 

That's the story. Designed and built to 
perform. Proven by the industry's most 
demanding testing. Fairly priced. And 
backed by people with a passion to serve 
you with a support policy that inspired 

one magazine columnist 

to say: 

"What WordPerfect is to 
software support, Northgate is 
to hardware and there are even a 
few things that WordPerfect 
could learn from the folks in 
Minneapolis. Northgate is fast 
becoming the Nordstrom of the 
computer world."tt 

244 BYTE- DECEMBER 1990 

NOW! Northgate leads the pack again 
with a new 60-day no-risk trial! 

r M The secret to Northgates 
m state-of-the-art power! The 
X 486 processor combines the 
capabilities of an enhanced 386, an 
advanced internal cache controller and 
8K of supporting static cache memory. 
The chip also incorporates an enhanced 
387 FPU (Floating Point Unit). You 
get increased performance for the most 
demanding math-based applications. 

Northgate caching enhancements 
give you greater speed! We've 
added a 64K read write-back SRAM 
cache (Northgate exclusive 256K 
system available) to further accelerate 
the execution of instructions. I/O 
transactions are faster than ever thanks 
to a 32K hard drive cache controller. 
Finally, we armed Elegance 486/25 
with Smartdrive DOS disk caching 

software. Result? Processing speed 
you must see to believe! 

Elegance 486i ISA is the perfect 

high performance graphics/software 
workstation or network server. Its 
multi-stage caching is an excellent match 
for tough number-crunching operations. 

Look at everything you get! Elegance 
486i comes complete with the 
spectacular 100Mb super-fast hard 
drive! This hard drive operates so 
quietly only the flashing red light tells 
you its running. 

PLUS, you get 4Mb of RAM, 1.2Mb 
5.25" and 1.44Mb 3.5" floppies, 
desktop case, 14" SVGA color 
monitor with 1024 x 768 resolution, 
16-bit SVGA video adapter with 512 K 
memory and exclusive Omm Key® 

Elegance 486i SVGA Color System Features 

♦ 25MHz Intel® 80486 processor 

♦ Clock/calendar chip rated at 5 years 

♦ 4Mb of 32-bit RAM (expandable 

♦ 200 watt power supply (220 watt power 

to 8Mb on motherboard; total system 

supply in tower case) 

RAM of 16Mb with optional 32-bit 
memory card) 

♦ Desktop case with room for 3 exposed 

and 2 internal half-height devices 

♦ U.S.-made motherboard 

♦ 100Mb IDE hard drive; 16-bit controller 

♦ Front mounted reset and high/low 
speed controls 

with 1:1 interleave; 32K disk read-look- 

ahead cache buffer 

♦ Exclusive Northgate OmtiiKey 

♦ 64K SRAM memory cache; 


read/write-back caching 

♦ MS-DOS 4.01 and GW-BASIC software 

♦ High density 1.2Mb 5.25" and 1.44Mb 


3.5" floppy drives; also read/write low 

♦ On-line User's Guide to the system and 

density disks 

MS-DOS 4.01 

♦ Eight expansion slots; one 32-bit slot; 
six 16-bit and one 8-bit slot 

♦ QA Plus Diagnostic and Utility software 

♦ Microsoft Windows 3.0 and mouse 

♦ Weitek math coprocessor support 

♦ One parallel and two serial ports 

♦ 1 year warranty on system parts and 

♦ 14" SVGA color monitor with 1024 x 

labor; 5 years on keyboard 

768 resolution 

♦ Unlimited 24-hour toll-free technical 

♦ 16-bit SVGA adapter with 512 K video 



♦ FCC Class B Certified 

Select the options you need ... 

let Northgate custom build them into your system today! 

♦ Hard drives up to 1.2 gigabytes 

♦ Laser quality and dot matrix 

♦ Tape back up devices 


♦ Floppy, CD ROM and optical drives 

♦ SVGA color monitors and cards 

♦ Modems 

♦ Weitek coprocessors 

keyboard. We've even included 
Microsoft® Windows™ 3.0 and a 

FREE Performance Software 
Package with SVGA color system 

Limited time only! Select Northgates 
SVGA color system and youll get 
Samna® Ami™ Professional word 
processing and Informix® Wingz™ 
graphics spreadsheet — FREE! 

Support power! Elegance 486i ISA 
is backed by expert toll-free technical 
support 24 hours a day, seven days a 
week. PLUS, free on-site next day 
service to most locations if we can't 
solve your problems over the phone 
AND a 1 year parts and labor warranty; 
5 years on OmtiiKey® keyboard. 

Northgate doubles no-risk trial 
offer! We re so sure you'll love 
Elegance 486 i, well let you use it 
RISK FREE for 60 days! If it fails to 
meet your expectations, return it for a 
full refund. No questions asked! 


Complete SVGA Color System 
ONLY Ul/7 

KASY FINANCING: Easy payment options. Use 
your Northgate Big TnT, VISA, MasterCard ... or lease 
it. Up to five-year terms available. 



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